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building a smoker (trailer version)

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by sodajerk, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. sodajerk

    sodajerk

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    I just picked up the tank in the pictures below. Looks like its time to build a smoker!!! Anyone here built ther own? Looking for Ideas. The tank is Stainless steel and measures 5'6" with a 25" diameter. It was built to mix soda (Dr Pepper) and is rated @ 100 psi.
     
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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    Nice tank, but I bet it will be a bitch to weld to.
     
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    brian SILVER Star

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    why's that?
    looks like cake work to me.
     
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    Mig or tig. No problemo.
     
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    Should make a nice smoker for your new BBQ business. You are going commercial right? Nobody can need a smoker that big for personal use. Or can they?
     
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    dieseldog She idles just fine . . .

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    I'd much rather make that vessel into a biodiesel processor . . . .
     
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    Stone Moderator

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    :D Amen. Spoken like a true visionary.
     
  8. NorCalDoug

    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

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    I could easily use that for personal stuff.
    It would've come in real handy a couple weekends ago when we hosted my sis-in-law's engagement party. I had both Webers going (one gas, one charcoal)...everything on space saving racks and was running out of room fast.
     
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    Bury it in your yard vertically, so you can stand it in it and be at eye level with the grass...get some guns in there with you and start drink'n.. :D
     
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    Spook50 Get ready

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    s*** yeah, tha's what I was thinking.

    It'll be time for another batch of my pumpkin stout once I return home to the States :grinpimp:
     
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    I actually will use it for for personal stuff. There are several times a year that my old smoker is too small major summer holidays. I usually take orders when I fire it up and pack it full. (Same time and heat for one or four)

    I have heard that the fire box on one this size should be mounted in the center instead of the end to make sure that the heat is even. Anyone here have one with the fire box mounted in the center?
     
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    You might want to consider the heat retention of stainless. From what I understand stainless does not hold heat very well. You may find yourself burning lots more wood than you would like. As to where to put the firebox, Check around in the many BBQ forums on the net. I like the forums over at http://www.texasbbqrub.com/ and http://www.gatorpit.net/ that last one is a custom pit manufacturer, and has lots of photos on the site.
    Good luck
    RickyB
     
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    you forgot stick.
     
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    Mig and tig are cleaner and easier. Stainless is a pain to begin with, why complicate matters?
     
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    ss is easy to work with, what you talk'n 'bout?
    stick will put down one neat looking bead on it, and that vessel is more than heavy enough to handle the heat.
     
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    Design-wise, I'd go for something similar to your udder one...kinda like my Oke Joe...

    BTW, 24" diameter and 1/4" wall thickness. I can give you some dimensions if'n you want.


    GL....a real find.

    Ed
     
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    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

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    Tanks! I don't do competition anymore, but cook a lot for partays and such.
    Love the "Que"

    Ed
     
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    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

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    Did you have that custom built for you or did you buy it from a manufacturer? I'd love to have one about that size. Some really cool features on yours too.
     
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    Degnol

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    Doug,
    It was made by Oklahoma Joe in Stillwater, OK. He went bankrupt and Brinkman bought what was left and the manufacturing equipment and moved it to New Braunfels, TX, I think.
    I bought mine at Sam's Club about 12 years ago and it was the usual WalMart approach of "Stripper Model". I set about to change it to fit my needs. I have a convection tube inside so it heats to within 10* right to left. I built the sliding top and added a canopy, the brackets you can see welded to the top of the cooking chamber.
    I burn usually a combination of wood and/or charcoal. I think the Brinkman company markets one similar, but it is 3/16" instead fo 1/4".
    Joe used oil pipe that wasn't getting much use and some damn fine welders to put them together.
    Mine was designed for competition, meaning it is sized to cook what you need to cook for a sanctioned contest. I have had as many as 12 pork butts on mine, but if you are doing catering, it is really too small.
    When I'm done, I just take it to the carwash and hose it out.
    Here's one on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=67155&item=7526832738&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW


    I paid $2000 for mine and have added quite a bit to it, but at the same time, the non-stripper from OK Joe was $2400.

    Thanks,

    Ed