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Unread 03-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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I finally decided to try my first smoker build. I have been working on this project since Christmas, and needless to say, it was a bigger job than I thought it would be. For all of you who have tackled this type of project, you have my respect. For all of you who have tackled this type of project, and taken pictures, and posted informative threads, and answered questions, you have my sincere appreciation. I definitely could not have done this without your help.

My grandfather started a well drilling business in 1954. Luckily for me, his early rigs ran off propane. We have had a 250 gallon propane tank mounted on a trailer stuck in the weeds behind our office for at least 30 years. The tank had a stamped aluminum tag that put the date of manufacture at 1963. The wheels/tires were destroyed by weather and time. I had to find new wheels/tires before I could easily move the tank. I am also going to need to rework the tongue. I have had the intention of converting this rusting relic into a smoker for several years but haven't had the time. With the economy in the condition it is in I found plenty of free time this winter.




This build was actually completed this past weekend and I am going to attempt to show the build from start to finish but I didn't take near as many pictures as I wanted to. Thanks again for all your help. Most ideas for this build came from this very forum!!
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Unread 03-06-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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Wow, that was just sitting there all this time? Nice.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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lookin forward to see pics of the finished project!!!
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Yeah Man, that's a big tank. Can't wait for the finished shots, and of course, the cooks
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Looking forward to seeing the build!

Got any good Que joints around there? I live about about an hour to the east of yah neighbor!
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When you build a rig from start to finish, It's a labor of love. Good luck
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she's got some potential Good luck
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Looking good want to see the project pics
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Great find - can't wait to see the progress.
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Used the BBQ pit calculator to give me firebox dimensions. I built the box out of 1/4" plate and 1" tubing for framework. Really wanted to double-wall and insulate but the weight would have been crazy and I would have had to make some MAJOR changes to the trailer. This thing still ended up weighing over 400 lbs.



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Unread 03-08-2011, 10:30 AM   #11
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Sounds Great Looking forward to seeing the pics
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Great canvas to start with. Can't wait to see the progress.
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Unread 03-08-2011, 10:43 AM   #13
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The tongue needed some TLC. I removed the old and added a new hitch and jack. I wish I had a longer piece of tubing to extend the length of the tongue and make the trailer easier to back but this is all I could find in scrap.





Next I removed all the extra "junk" off the tank (I want the final product to be nice and smooth) and marked the location of doors and firebox. I also had to move the axle back as far a possible to try and compensate for the additional weight of the firebox. The trailer was balanced perfectly before and I knew when I attached the firebox it would flip up.





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Unread 03-08-2011, 10:52 AM   #14
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Wow, very cool! Looks like you have some good welding skills. I have a tank similar to this that I need to get started on. Can't wait to see more pics!
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Looking good!

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