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Old 06-19-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
Wandering around with a bag of matchlight, looking for a match.
Join Date: 06-18-13
Location: McAlester OK
Default New build...dreaming too big?

Greetings, or howdy for my fellow Okies.
Just found this forum. It is great fund a place with so much info and nice folks.
I spent 10 years in the restaurant biz before the strain of 100 hour work weeks made me seek a career change. I now manage a scrap metal yard. So for the last five years I have watched hundreds of tanks and large pipes meet their sad end while thinking of the awesome smokers that could have been. The BBQ bug has hit me hard lately and can't take it anymore. I have decided to build a trailer mounted smoker. Beyond that I am having trouble deciding on direction.

I am fully intending on this becoming a side business. I spent two years managing a BBQ/Steak restaurant with catering and banquet facilities. I am not completely ignorant about BBQ, but most of the smoking was done on a Southern Pride gas smoker. We also ran a offset smoker that was 10' long, but the design was very poor and it was never reliable.

Now finally on to my questions.

I am leaning towards a reverse flow build. For those who have cooked on both, what are the advantages over a simple offset model?

I have am considering two tanks to use for my cooking chamber. One is 16' long and 20" in diameter. The other (which I am leaning strongly to) is 6 ' long and 48" diameter. I think that the smaller diameter one would be way too long and still wouldn't hold as much as the fat boy. I have some 1/4 inch diamond plate steel for the firebox and possibly a warming rack. Also have access to miles of pipe from 8" to 24". Any thoughts on if I am going down the right path. Also tips on design and possible pitfalls are much appreciated. Thanks!

Now I am going to skim around and drool more over all the pics around here!
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