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Which way to buil it?

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by 2bears, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. 2bears

    2bears Smoke Blower

    I put this in another section but think it should be here.

    I am torn between to styles, I have this 120 gallon LP tank and was thinking I was going to lay her down and have a fire box on the lower end and a door accross the top.

    But am also thinking about having her stand upright to have a more consistant heat.

    This tank is 48" tall and has a girth of 94" (just under 8 feet around) so she is stubby a little but has a good girth to allow a large enough cooking area.

    If I lay her down I will have 2 cooking grates, if I stand her up I will have at least 4 cooking grates. But I don't know the square inches of either but I think either way it will be enough to do what ever I want to cook.

    So what are the pro's and con's of standing her up with a fire box attached lower bottom side vs laying her down?

    My only thought is more even cook temps.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. 2bears

    2bears Smoke Blower

    Some of you must have ideas on pros and cons to these 2 ways to build it.
  3. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i've never done a build but someone should be by who has.............
  4. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    UDS Style!
  5. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    TD's got it!  

    Sorry I'm not much help, but I do look forward to following your build whichever way you decide to go with her.  
  6. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    Personally I think that is a perfect tank to lay down and throw a SFB on there. 
  7. 2bears

    2bears Smoke Blower

    What is a SBF?
  8. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    SFB - Side Fire Box
  9. I have the same tank turned on it side and made revese  flow    I only have one rack inside now but am going to add a second and a self at the end[​IMG]
  10. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    link, thats a beauty.  Thats what I am talking about.
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    True Horizontal would need reverse flow or a good Baffle and plate system[​IMG]

    I feel with the grith of this monster, it would be easier as a verticle,and a darn good one[​IMG]

    Have fun and,
  12. 2bears

    2bears Smoke Blower

    Link - is your tank cut down?  What is the finished length?
  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If it were my tank, I would do it as a vertical water smoker
  14. the tank is about 43"  Its not cut down just the top and bottom rings cut off!  fire box is 24x24 just because the steel place cut it wrong wanted 20x24