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Old 02-19-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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Hey guys!

First, thanks for taking the time in advance in reading this. We have a 550 gallon fuel tank that we will be converting to a smoker. I believe I can cut on it after I have ran water and Dawn through it. I'll cut a whole then burn in it. Will this be enough to make sure my food doesn't taste like Diesel???
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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Flush it a couple of times, then fill up, make the first cut with it full of water
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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Will do! How big should my fire box be?
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:21 AM   #4
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Will do! How big should my fire box be?
!/3 the size of the smoker.
Check this calculator out:
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Show some pics of the build, we loves that stuff!
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:23 AM   #5
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Do you think this is to big for reverse?
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Hey thanks for the calculator! Will post pics! Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Nope, it's a biggun fo sho, but you can certainly make an RF out of it.
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What are the dimensions of this tank, and how thick is are the walls?


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550 gallon, not sure how thick the walls are. It held Diesel fuel. 60 inches long and 44" wide and I believe 60" in Hight?
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If you are concerned about the tank exploding while using heat (torch / grinder, etc) on it, create an air flow. Put compressed air or CO2 (car exhaust will do) line to one side (end) and open vent on the other side (end). As long as enough air is flowing through the tank, it will not explode. it may create a flame out the exhaust side of the air flow, but that is much better than the other options.

Of course flush first as you already suggested.
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What doyou guys think??? Reverse???

Here's a link of What I was thinking. Link to BBQ Pit Calculator
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After cutting it, how hot and long should I burn wood in it to remove the potential taste of Diesel?
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I was thinking of using a 55 gallon oil drum as the fire box. Will this hold up to the heat?
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check c/list for an old wood stove for your firebox
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I was thinking of using a 55 gallon oil drum as the fire box. Will this hold up to the heat?

Seems too flimsy.
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