New Expansion Tank Smoker Build

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by rwillden, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Hello everybody. I'm new here. I was born and raised in Utah, but my wife is a genuine southern belle from Memphis, TN. I lived in Memphis for a year, and have been back to visit quite a bit. I decided on my last trip out there that I wanted to take a little taste of the Mid-South home to Utah with me, plus I was looking for a project to keep my mind off of my 4 year olds upcoming heart surgery, so I came home and started looking around for materials to build a "propane tank smoker." I found a 185 Gallon Expansion Tank that a company in Salt Lake had ordered for a customer and they never picked it up. When I saw it, I didn't think I would be taking it home because they were asking $500 for it (way out of my budget...) After inquiring inside, he told me he paid over $2000 for it, but it had sat outside for over a year, and he said I could take it home for the cost of the freight ($170.) So, I went back the next day with a trailer and loaded it up. Next, I began looking for a trailer, and found a boat trailer for $100. Only snag is that it came with the boat.... I asked him if I could have the trailer for $50, and he told me I could have it, but only if I took the boat. ;)

    I'm working on this as a nights and weekends project. Any advice or tips would be appreciated.

    Here are some pics of the progress so far:

    My first attempt at Ribs... I used a Mastercraft Bullet Smoker for the first few sessions. Worked like a charm.

    The smoker project:

    The Boat and Trailer... (The trailer I'll be using for the build...)

    My brother Eric getting our $50 worth out of the boat...

    The Build in progress:
  2. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    I'll be cutting the fenders off the trailer and replacing them with new ones, and once the Smoker is completely assembled, I'll sandblast and paint the whole thing.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks like it will make a nice rig!
  4. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Thank you. It's a slow process, but it's coming along.
  5. gene111

    gene111 Smoking Fanatic

    very slow process my 1st build took a bout a month but your off to a good start!!!
  6. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Almost done... Just need the Stack, Paint, and the finish touches, and I can fire it up.
  7. smokey bones

    smokey bones Fire Starter

    looks great, nice stove [​IMG]
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea that is a sweet rig for sure!!!!!
  9. wingman

    wingman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Now that's cool! I like the axes for door stops. Nice touch.[​IMG]
  10. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    looks good
  11. boiseque

    boiseque Smoke Blower

    That is awesome! Very creative touches with the stove for firebox and hatchets for stops. Great work, keep it up! Thats going to be so sweet when its all finished and you are making some killer BBQ in it![​IMG]
  12. (drools profusely) NICE!!![​IMG]What color are you going to go with?
  13. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Thanks everyone... It's been a lot of work. I priced out the materials to make my own firebox, and it was close to $175 for the steel. I picked the stove up for $120, and never looked back. ;)

    I told my brother in law it looked a little redneck, and he reminded me that if it ain't redneck, it ain't barbecue. Haha. Too true.
  14. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Probably flat black just to make it easier to touch up in the future.
  15. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Nice rig!!!! Smokers coming along too.
  16. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Thanks! I love it. Probably a little more power than I need for a smoker, but it pulls our 12,000lb Toyhauler along nicely.
  17. craiger

    craiger Fire Starter

    Best wishes on your child's surgery
  18. rwillden

    rwillden Newbie

    Thank you so much! He actually had the surgery in February, and it went off very well. He will have to have surgery at some point (hopefully no sooner than his teens they are hoping) to fix two of his valves in his heart. For the time being though, he's relatively healthy, and you wouldn't know he had heart problems seeing him run around, etc... His recovery time was amazing. They sent him home less than 72 hours after major heart surgery. I'm amazed at how resilient kids are. I hope he outlasts me by a long shot.

    Thanks again.
  19. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    That is great to hear. The smoker looks good. I was supprised it is ballenced good. When I first looked at the pictures I thought the tounge would be pointing in the air. Keep up the good work.
  20. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Love the use of the stove for a firebox! Nice looking build.

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