I was finally able to get a hold of a 275 gallon fuel oil tank for my next build: $90 delivered to my house from a guy who lives 45 minutes away... sounded like a great deal to me!
For the past week or so I have been thinking/planning how I'm going to build this- at first I was thinking about laying it flat side down, but decided it would just be too big.
Then I thought about how to make doors that would reduce heat loss when I open them. I thought about sliding closet type doors that go in front/behind each other, but that would restrict my ability to have pull out cooking grates.
In the end I decided to go with a pretty traditional approach:
Sorry about the pic size, I couldn't shrink them without losing quality.
I plan to have:
- A 2' drain with shut off in the bottom for cleaning- I used a smaller one in my UDS, but it clogs way too easy.
-Full length work table on the front, which may or may not drop down.
-Full length handle (not pictured) on the end with the swivel casters.
-Large sand/water pan which I may end up fabbing a vented lid for to slow the water loss to steam/evap
-A 55 gallon drum with slide out coal basket for the fire box. I'm thinking about keeping the head of the drum removable for easy cleaning
-At least 3 cooking levels that can pull out for easy access. Build out of angle iron and expanded steel
-Vertically opening doors, which if i do the hinges right, won't need counter weights
That's all i got for right now. I'll update if the design changes. This is going to be a long project for me- first time welding and building anything of this size. It will definitely be a fun project!
Thanks for reading!