I have been bbqing for about a year and a half and taking a leap as to try and build a smoker in my spare time. My question to the experienced folks here on the brethren is what would be the best gauge steel to use for the build?
Please bear with me as I know this question has been asked many a times I just could not seem to find it on the board.
Truly new to a build,
09-07-2010 05:49 PM
I would guess the thickness would be based on design / style of smoker.
What are you trying to build or clone?
Take a close look at the specs of the design or post up here what you are after.
A lot of folks have build smokers around here. No need to re invent the wheel.:becky:
09-07-2010 05:59 PM
If you are going to build a pull behind pit smoker, use a propane tank, if you can find one.
Sean "Puffy" Coals
09-07-2010 06:10 PM
Thicker is better, but it also depends on how much food you need to smoke with it. If you're only doing a couple of butts or a brisket, a steel drum has sufficient thickness. For larger rigs, i've seen people use all the way up to 3/8" thick.
09-07-2010 07:53 PM
Chit, I have to say it.:icon_blush: Try a uds for a quickie :wink:
09-07-2010 08:40 PM
Thanks for the info. I am not going too large so it seems the oil drum is the way to go. I just have to get away from the brinkmann water smoker I have. Even though I have produced some nice bbq with it I think it is time for a step up.