Tanks for smoker, where to find them???

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by nwbhoss, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    I am in the process of finding parts to build a couple wood smokers and I am not having any luck finding tanks to use. I am looking in the 150 to 200 gallon range for a trailer mounted smoker. Can any of you shed some light on good places to look to find tanks????
  2. randya

    randya Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Check your local propane dealers and scrap yards too. Some dealers give them away on a first come type deal. Try asking on Craigslist too.
  3. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I agree, check with a propane company.

    Around here they keep all the ones they call "condemed" ( can no longer be used) at a separate yard and they sell them to folks like us.

    Last one I bought was a 200 gallon, and if memory serves me right I paid around $50

    Good Luck
  4. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    I did try one local propane place and they laughed at me. I will keep looking and thanks for the info!!![​IMG]
  5. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah my local propane guy said they are not allowed to re-sell condemned tanks. I think it is a safety issue with the government.

    He actually suggested that I just steal one off of him as the yard is not locked at night. Sadly I am not a thief. In my province it appears that once they are turned in for demolition they cannot be resold.

    They are going to be purged and turned into scrap, then environmentally unfriendly energy will be spent to re-melt them for the re claimed metal.

    However If I turn it into a useful smoker with just a little welding and cutting isn't that a better method of re-cycling the material?

    I ran into the same thing at the dump last summer, some guy was throwing out 50 4x8foot sheets of 1/2 inch plywood. ( They cost $21.00 each at the local hardware store ) Most of them just had a few nail holes in them and were painted. They were busy throwing them into a giant chipper. I could have used them and offered $5.00 apiece for them. The attendant said He was sorry but nothing was allowed to be scrounged or sold from the thrown out waste pile the wood would be recycled as compost. What a giant waste. $20 worth of wood going to make 50 cents worth of compost. [​IMG]
  6. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Rules / Laws must differ in each state.

    If you ever head down the Texas way give me a heads up and I will grab one for you.

    The companies around here know there is decent money to be made selling them to BBQ folks
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  7. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    junkyards, try looking for old air compessor tanks. I found 1, when they found out what I was doing, they made 1 themselves.
  8. gunner69

    gunner69 Meat Mopper

    Not sure about where in Wa. you are but I just helped a buddy of mine go pick up a 250g tank from Ferralgas... He said he had to talk to the local plant manager and not the underpaid lackeys that work the phone. Only thing we had to do before he would let it leave his yard is pull the fill valves and destroy the threads rendering it "inopperable" in his terms.
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The laws must be differant cause in Fla you can buy old used tanks. There's a propane dealer just down the road from me that lets you buy old tanks. I have heard for about 30-40 bucks you can get a big 250-300 gal tank.
  10. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I spoke to my local excavator that had an old 250 gallon at a job sight that they did not know what to do with. May be worth a try.
  11. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I would put an ad on craigslist under the farm items and the items wanted section. If your anywhere close to a rural area, you would be surprised how many farmers have old tanks laying around. Just tell them your looking for old junk tanks, I bet you will get a response.
  12. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hoss, have you asked on NWBombers? There's a bunch of scroungers, if ever I've seen any. Maybe someone has a lead.
    Doesn't surprise me that Washington has some "strange" laws. I'll poke around up here.
  13. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for all the good info!!!!!!!!
    I will try and call around and get some answers as far as the legal stuff goes and continue looking.

    Dave the Bombers forum is a great idea!!! [​IMG]
  14. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    If you're in an agriculturally based area, you may be able to find a small anhydrous tank to use. They are one notch better than propane tanks because they don't have to be steamed before you cut on them. (If you do find one, still have it sniffed to make sure it wasn't used for something else prior to being discarded.)

    This is a bit bigger than a 150 gallon, but here is a pic of the one my brother built using an anhydrous tank:


    Good luck in your quest!
  15. craiger

    craiger Fire Starter

    I don't have much experience smoking but I do have some with acquiring tanks. I would suggest driving into rural areas where people have some acreage. Lots of times people tend to accumulate stuff-like tanks, rather than deal with cleaning up property. Also your local air compressor dealer will have a handle on used ones if you don't go the propane route. Farm shops are another good source to scout. I actually enjoyed riding around on Saturdays keeping an eye out for tanks.
  16. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    Man would I love to have that in my back yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
  17. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice smoker, but that table is bit overkill for a beer holder isn't it LOL.
  18. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    It depends on how many helpers one aquires during the day.[​IMG]
  19. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yes, that is true[​IMG]

    You said that smoker is one your brother built? He a member here? If not, get him to sign up. Would love to see more pics of that smoker he has, not to mention if he has any pics of the building process.
  20. ubekewl454

    ubekewl454 Fire Starter

    Dirt guy you must be feeding the whole Oklahoma sooners and the Oklahoma st cowboys football teams. lol. thats a nice big cooker.

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