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Old 10-25-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
BrewerDJ
On the road to being a farker

 
Join Date: 09-23-10
Location: Springfield, NJ
Default New Build: Reverse Flow 250 gallon Oil Tank on a Trailer

So now that I have the Brick pit working well I have turned my focus to a Mobile smoke machine. I found a used 250 oil tank on CL and bought that for about $100. My BBQ buddy, Jeff, found an old boat trailer at his brother in laws. That is gonna cost us some ribs & a butt when it's done. I stripped all the boat stuff off the trailer. Took off the old broken lights. Replace the beat up & rusted 8" tires with new 12" tires. Replaced the bearing in the hubs and added a trailer jack to the front.
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Here's the trailer.
I have been looking around for ideas for a while and the fire box had been giving me a lot to think about. I had read different things about the size and I was thinking a 30 gal air tank would do a good job. But those are expensive. The I thought about oil drums. 55 is too big. And then I found 30 gal drums. And there is a company in Newark that sells reconditioned ones...for $30. I found me a fire box. And it has an open head so it will be easy to clean out. I welded up some rebar for a log rest and I'm on my way.
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So Jeff came down and we put the tank up on the trailer and layed out the doors using masking tape.
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We made the cuts where the hinges are going with an angle grinder. I then welded the hinges on.
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Jeff then cut the door the rest of the way.
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Jeff had to hit the road so he drank my beer and left me to finish the second door.
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I took the tank off the trailer and filled it a couple of busted up pallets.
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And set if on FIRE!
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So that's it so far. The weekend is looking good so far so hopefully get more done. It's moving along well and working with metal is a lot faster and easier than working with Brick & Mortar. This should be down before Thanksgiving. It has to be done before Christmas because we're taking it to the tailgate in the Meadowland for the Jets/Giants game.

So...any Questions?
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