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Unread 01-15-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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Default OK Please help! (new smoker build)

Hi Ya'll, I am lookin for some guidance on building my first smoker. I have a tank from a water heater(30 gal lowboy) for the firebox. My main question is, what to use for a cooking chamber? I am on a fixed income, so finding something from salvage would be ideal, but what to look for? I have some old residential refrigerators, but a welder friend of mine says the metal may not hold up to the heat. Currently, buying enough 1/4 inch steel to build a cook chamber is financially not possible. I want this thing to last a while. Any ideas/ suggestions welcome!
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Unread 01-15-2013, 07:55 AM   #2
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Boiler tank would work. Old air tank. We use propane tanks, but find some one who has cut one before if you do that. Heating oil tank, same warning applys.
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Look at the 120gal build in my sig. That's a propane tank and it worked out perfect. just make sure you go through the necessary precautions b4 cutting into it.

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Depending on how much you want to cook at one time I would say a uds would be the way to go if money is an issue. I have 2 of them and they work great. If you were close to me I'd just donate to ya.
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We used a 500 gal propane tank for our build. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1358263426.428068.jpg

Free from a local gas company.!
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Unread 01-15-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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Not trying to be a jerk or anything, but that is not 500 gallons. What are the dimensions?

+1 build a UDS until you find another tank,
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Not trying to be a jerk or anything, but that is not 500 gallons. What are the dimensions?

+1 build a UDS until you find another tank,
Looks like a 250 to me. I have a 500 now and just sold a 250 if that was a five it would have to have 3 doors that size or 2 big doors.I don't build or anything but just from looks that my 2 cents.
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Looks like a 250 to me. I have a 500 now and just sold a 250 if that was a five it would have to have 3 doors that size or 2 big doors.I don't build or anything but just from looks that my 2 cents.

2nd that is def a 250 or smaller in the pic... still a nice looking Rig!
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2nd that is def a 250 or smaller in the pic... still a nice looking Rig!
Yes, it looks very nice. Nice big firebox.
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Here is the 300 gallon I'm in the process of building.
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Ok Ya'll
A UDS it will be. But I don't particularly want a vertical smoker... What are the Brethren's thoughts on cutting the drum to use horizontally? Cut in half? A 1/4 cut? Which is going to be the most sturdy build? (Based on an online calculator http://www.feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html is the link) My 30 gallon fire box will be perfect for a 55 gallon UDS Thoughts, suggestions? Thanks!
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Cut a door in her similiar to what is on the 300 gallon cooker pick.. and cut a whole in the bottom end.. attach your firebox.. Throw on some paint.. and season the inside.. and get to QUING!!!
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yea.. your going to want a drain... also...
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Ok Any ideas on finding a drum? There is a local petroleum distributor here, but they say nay because of the EPA regs. There is also a cookie bakery here but haven't got a clue who to ask for the barrel(BOO)
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So you say you are going to build a UDS, but don't want it vertical. Can I ask why? A UDS is in fact an Upright Drum Smoker, and they run circles around horizontal drum smokers-not the huge and thick tank smokers, but ones made from a drum. Reason is, the drums are just too thin to hold heat with an offset firebox type setup, they leak, and you will play hell trying to keep a fire going consistently let alone maintain temp. Ask me how I know this. The only way I can describe trying to cook Q with an offset is like running a steam locomotive. You know the filthy guy shoveling coal into the firebox? That will be YOU! Build a proper UDS(vertical) and you'll spend a lot less time playing Coal Tender and more time enjoying beers and later, good Q. Not trying to be harsh, just saying I think you'll get the most bang for your buck with a true UDS, and it's worlds easier to run especially if you are new to it all.

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