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Unread 02-23-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
Sean "Puffy" Coals
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Thumbs up 275 Gal Oil Tank Build (pron)

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!
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