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Vertical propane tank smoker (First build)

RuleHard

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I've been talking about building a smoker for years but now my old brinkman fell apart I don't have a choice.
I've been planning this for years and I originally got a steel drum to make an UDS but I also come across an expired 70# propane tank. That led to a debate in my head in how to use these two items but I've finally made up my mind and gathered the supplies.

Dimensions on the tank are about 36x14 on the flat part plus domed ends. I'm using the rule of thumb that you want the fire box to be 25% of the volume of the cook chamber bit it's more like 35% just because I was worried about having way too little fuel and having to constantly add. The basket for the fuel should be 9" deep and probably 12x12.

Either way...let's get to it.

Here is a crude drawing to show what I'm going for.
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I started by removing the valve and the handle from the top of the tank
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I filled the tank with water to displace any flammable gas that might remain in the tank. Drilled this hole as a vent to allow the tank to fill quickly with a garden hose.
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The supplies I'm starting with. Some if this I had some of it I bought. Expanded steel will be used for a fuel basket as well and to make a grate to hold the water pan. I cut the 4" diameter exhaust to about 6.5". I used some info I came across on here to try to get the sizing. .02% of the cook chamber volume. The grates are ore made ones from the store.
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Marked and cut the doors but left one side still attached
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Hinges tacked on and finished cutting the doors.
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These fit perfectly through the opening of the door.
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forktender

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Sweet, watching this thread, oh and your fuel basket will be more than enough to smoke 12 to 15 hours if not more I'm thinking 18-20 hours at 225*. I have a 10x10x10'' basket in my UDS and it will burn for 15+ hours easily at 225*.
 

RuleHard

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Sweet, watching this thread, oh and your fuel basket will be more than enough to smoke 12 to 15 hours if not more I'm thinking 18-20 hours at 225*. I have a 10x10x10'' basket in my UDS and it will burn for 15+ hours easily at 225*.
Wow really. That's good to hear. Makes me wish I would've not over sized it now. To late now haha. I've been scarred by chasing my brinkman with fuel all day to keep it running.
 

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Watching with interest. I love my propane smoker but got the itch to go with a charcoal/stick burner.
Jim
 

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Looking good so far!
Al
 

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