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Unread 06-06-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Vert. Smoker Built From Old Air Compressor

After spending some time learning some of the finer points of turning out some quality Q with a good friend and "Major Tom" (His UDS), I decided to take on a smoker build of my own. I like the way Maj. Tom held temp and turned out consistent deliciousness, so I wanted to stay in the vertical smoker realm.

Once I had a solid sketch in mind it was off to the shop. Most of the features of my smoker parallel that of many UDS set ups out there. This past Sunday I got to the point where i was ready to fire it up and crank out my first solo rib cook. With some minor adjustments to the ball valves I was able to maintain a consistent temp of 240-255. Eventually I plan on buying a NanoQ of DigiQ so I can set it and forget it, but for now I will just stick with the ball valves and the Maverick.

Things still needing to be done:

1) Attach Handles to middle and bottom sections for easier mobility
2) Have custom grates made to fit inside diameter (Soon to come)
3) Maybe install damper in 2" NPT Threaded opening in Lid
4) Install temp gauge in 1/2" NPT Threaded opening in Lid
5) Probe Holes drilled in middle section

Since I am fairly new to the BBQ game and Brethren site I thought I would post my project here and see what folks had to say. That being said I am open to any and all opinions.

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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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Nice lookin drum....errrrr....tank!!

I would think the heat retention would be great.(good thing)

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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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Thanks! It holds heat like a dream!
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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Very inventive
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #5
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Thanks. I searched high and low for a similar home build and couldn't find anything that really fit what I was trying to accomplish.
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:49 PM   #6
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So now we have a new smoker build acronym...VTS! Nice vertical tank smoker...may it spawn much pron for us to see!
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Unread 06-07-2011, 12:43 AM   #7
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Love it! Major Tom and I are ready to spread the smoke on top the ridge. I'm sure the pork tomorrow will be fantastic.
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You know it buddy!
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Unread 06-07-2011, 07:53 PM   #9
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Default Cooked the first Boston Butt On this Beast

First butt turned out amazing!
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Unread 06-07-2011, 08:09 PM   #10
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That thing is sweet!
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Sweet!!!
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nice job!! Smoke on Brother!!
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Unread 06-08-2011, 01:33 PM   #13
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that's pretty cool! my coworker and I have tossed that idea around ourselves. we have an extra taking up space in our shop. I'm too lazy to pur that much work into it though. One question....... did you cut the tank in half? (OK.... two questions).... how did you stack them back together and keep them stable?

I'd say by the looks of the pork butt you have a successful design. Nice Job!
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Nice build!
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I like it
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