**New Member = First Reverse Flow Smoker Build from 60 Gallon Compressor Tank**

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by mad dart, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Bit confused here...was going to "borrow" your dimensions as I am finally getting started on my 60 gallon build. Post #7 you made mention that the tank was 48"x20". Post #10 you stated that the FB-CC cutout was going to be 16.831x4.7085....post #80 you got a picture of the FB-CC cutout being full width of the tank...which would put it at 20". Did you leave the height at 4.7085?
     
  2. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Hey inkjunkie,

    The photo in post #80 of the tank cutout is not full width, it looks to be 3 inches or so below the center line of the tank, and is not the same size as the FB-CC opening. He is using an insluated FB which will mate to that cutout.

    Take a look at the Firebox pics in post #92 and you can see the FB-CC opening relative to the outside of the FB that will mate to the tank cutout.
     
  3. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Brain cramp on my part.....been a rough few weeks lol...
     
  4. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Yeah its not full length. It is a little more than 17" because of the double wall firebox. I had to go bigger to incorporate the double wall. The cut out  in the FB is real close to 17" and the height is 4.85", pretty close to the original dimensions in post #7. It ended up a little bigger which I figure will be no big deal cause the RF Plat will have a slope downward from the firebox Right to left for run off & to drain the RF plate if I decide to ever fill it up with juice or water to add moisture to the CC....... That is my thought on it anyway.

    Louis~
     
  5. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Got a little bit more done. The FB is ready for the FB Door. I also put the fire grate  together. I have a 1" gap between the fire grate pickets. I think that should be good. If not I can alway lay a piece of the cook grate material on top of it. I would just lay it on there. When it wore out, just cut a new one and replace it. Simple........

    Next up is the FB Door, Ash Tray Pan & finish up the lower air vent slide. 

    I picked up some miscellaneous materials at the metal yard this morning so I can finish up those tasks. 






     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015
  6. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Looks great...you gonna build a basket?
     
  7. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Ash pan yes. It goes in the open space below the Fire grate.

    What kind of basket are you talking about?
     
  8. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Charcoal basket....
     
  9. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Not now. This one will be strictly Wood. I can always add a Charcoal basket later if need be. 

    I do think if I laid a piece of the same material on top of the fire grate that was used on the cook shelves, I could stack a whole mess of charcoal in there without it falling through. [​IMG]  
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015
  10. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Probably so...
     
  11. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Put some time in on the smoker today! FB Door is pretty much done. I just have to fabricate the lock/close mechanism. The spring handle on the chip hamper is too small for my taste, I want to use 1/2 Round stock to go through the door and 1/4" plate for the latch. This way it will last a very long time even in the heat.

    The lower vent slide is done. I had to shave 1/8" off of the angle iron to make it fit half way decent. It slides like butter but it is not loose.

    The Ash Tray is up next after that, it should go pretty quick. 

    Pretty soon I will be mating the CC to the FB...........














     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015
  12. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    Excellent work on that FB door.
     
  13. bumblebee

    bumblebee Newbie

    Nice build!
     
  14. keny

    keny Fire Starter

    I'm planning to build an ash pan also. Does it need to be 1/4" steel like the rest of my FB, or can it be lighter? 1/4" would be a pretty heavy pan...
     
  15. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Yes the ash pan will be heavy for sure using 1/4" Plate.

    My FB is 3/16 Double wall. So I have that material. I will be using 3/16 for the Ash Pan. I am sure it will be heavy too. Lol

    You could probably make it with 1/8". 
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2015
  16. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Ash pan on the pellet stove we use for,heat is thin, lot thinner than 1/8". Don't see why heavy metal is needed for the ash pan......
     
  17. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    If you don't care about it twisting up... Sure use the thin metal. I have a ash pan on my charcoal grill and it flexes & twists and will not hold its shape...piece of junk... I'm not going for any of that on this smoker.
     
  18. keny

    keny Fire Starter

    Thanks guys!
     
  19. mad dart

    mad dart Smoke Blower

    Fire box is now complete.. besides some sanding of some welds! I will do that after it is all complete right before sand blasting.

    I used 5/8 solid rod that I had left over for the door lock assembly. It should out last me, haha.

    When putting the Ash Pan together I decided to incorporating a grate shaker into it instead of having a handle on it. The shaker is double duty as a handle to pull out the Ash Pan.

    Next up is mating the CC and the FB together and on to the stand and wheel assembly.










     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2015
  20. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Looks great....grate shaker?
    I needed to use our tractor to mate the 2 together, and mine was only the inner skin.......and no door. Damn thing is heavy lol...
     

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