smoker built from air compressor tank or LP tank?

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by eichhoma, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. eichhoma

    eichhoma Fire Starter

    My neighbor and I were standing on his driveway drinking beer last night, looking at his 80 gallon air compressor that just crapped out. The more I kept staring at it, the more I was wondering how easily it could be fabricated into a smoker....
    I started thinking about torching it and grinding it in half, hinges, then some legs on it... and for a firebox, fabricate a steel box on the side...
    the ore I thought about it... and drank... I was coming up with all kinds of ideas. So, has anyone built one out of an old air compressor tank? Or maybe a large LP tank? I'm pretty handy and have a welder, cutting torches, etc....would be a fun project. Any advice or thoughts anyone else has had would be real helpful! thanks in advance!
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Many guys/gals on here have converted old LP tanks into smokers. I wish I was talented with those kind of tools and had access to them I would love to make a nice big side burning smoker. Go for it!
  3. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    ya.. there are a few compressor tanks on this site that have been converted... should work fine. Lots of help and ideas under the smoker build section.
  4. Mine is being (almost done) built with a compressor tank you can see pics in the reverse flow forum. I will say my experience may be different though because of the age of the tank it had 30 years of compressor oil and rust inside which made cleaning it a pain. In hindsight I should have burned it out first but hey live and learn.
  5. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    I'm in the middle of an 80 gallon compressor tank build right now..

    I'll get some pics up soon. I've been meaning to take the camera every day since I started, but i'm not doing it at my house, and always forget to take it..

    Don't let it fool you into thinking because its small that its not alot of work.. haha
  6. I second that, really thought mine would be quicker than the brewstand build but at this point I'm really hoping I was wrong cause the brewstand may kill me if I end up being right.
  7. I made a small smoker from an old 22gal compressor tank and and 20# LP tank.  It's not fancy, but it works just fine.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2010
  8. salbaje gato

    salbaje gato Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    [​IMG]nice rig  looks like it has everything necessary for good que
  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep getting ready to blast and paint.

    here is my build blog

    Reverse Flow Build Blog

  10. bigmatt

    bigmatt Newbie

    I just secured a 60 gallon vertical compressor that I am in the process of turning into a smoker.  I think its a perfect vessel to start from.  The metal maybe a bit thinner than a propane tank, but it will make a fine smoke chamber.

    My concerns are now focused on finding metal for building a fire box.  it seems as though 1/4 inch is the standard and thicker is better.  Anybody have a good firebox salvage idea?  I have heard things about electric water heater cores.

    Good luck to you in your build, I am jealous of your extra 20 gallon capacity.
  11. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    A buddy of mine built a great smoker on a trailer out of just such a tank. It turned out great. build away my friend. 
  12. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    I build my from a 80 gallon tank,works awesome. It was a very fun and moderatly hard to build.

    here is a pic of the one i built.[​IMG]
  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is that a Gasser, or wood??
  14. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    gasser couldnt figure the wood temp thing out.

    i am in the process of making another to burn wood.
  15. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just curious, what was the temp problems, running too hot, not hot enough, inconsistent temps?

    Your build looks sound, but cant see your air inlet.

    One more question what type of burner are you using.
  16. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    couldnt get it up to 225 and not consistant.

    i used a burner from a turkey fryer. works awesome.

    i have to air inlets one under the pit at the bottom of the fire box and one on the other side that is adjustable. can get it over 300 with that burner and one 20lb tank will last 12hrs .
  17. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Would you like to troubleshoot for wood or leave it a gasser?

    One suggestion for it staying a gasser, try and get your air intake on the outside of the firebox, will probably get more out of your propane.
  18. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    there is two 3 inch holes on the opposite side with a dampner.

    thought of trying to convert back to wood dont know how to work it out

    i put two bags of charcoal and wood chunks in  it and could not get it to go

    past 180 degrees. as it sits with propane i can get it up to 300 +
  19. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As far as using as a stickburner, looks like the stack could be part of the problem.
  20. smokingeagle

    smokingeagle Smoke Blower

    To big or to small ?

    what do i need to do?

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