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Old 08-21-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Join Date: 09-27-08
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Default Reverse flow build ?

I was wondering if this tank would be good for a build? I'm not sure if the diameter will be good, from the looks of the pic.

I want a small reverse flow like the size of a Meadow creeks ts60 or a Lang 36 but that's not in the budget now.

I have a friend who can fabricate and he said he would help me with the build.

I also liked the small tail gate one that was posted here but it's $450 and $250 for shipping so I hoping with my friends help to able to make my own small affordable smoker.

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Old 08-21-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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Diameter looks pretty small but I think I saw a build here recently with a tank like this, $60 seems kind of pricey.
Here is a link to one recent build with a smaller tank; just to give you an idea.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:17 AM   #3
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60 isn't too bad on the tank, if you were buying it to use as a tank. Look on the tank and see what the date the tank is good for. Tanks have to be retested for integrity every so often. Sometimes 5 years, sometimes more. If your tank is out of date nobody will fill it. Makes it worthless for a tank, and should bring down the price.

With that being said, you need to look up the diameter on a 100 # LP tank. I haven't done so. I am going to say that it will be about 18" - 20" from looking at the one I have standing in the garage. If that will work for you then more power to you.

If that is not big enough, or you even think that is not big enough, then save your pennies and wait. Building a smoker is a lot of work, and it's not cheap. If you sink a bunch of time and money into something it should be exactly what you want. That's the whole purpose of building it yourself in the first place.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys.

When I smoke I usually only do one or two racks of ribs or one brisket or pork butt since I mostly smoke for 2 or 3 of us.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:22 AM   #5
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JSperk, I built a reverse flow earlier this year out of a 32" long, 24" diameter propane tank. I like the bigger diameter. Gives some depth to the smoker.
I would have prefered it to be 36" long, but that was the tank I had. However, I think I would rather give up the 4" in length than diameter.

Anyway, check out my build post to see what the size looks like. Good luck with your build!
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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I have a similar tank laying around. I would think it is too small. If you could pull it off, I would love to to see how. Maybe I'll follow suit with another build of my own.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
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I would look for more diameter. If you're going to put that much work into it start with something bigger.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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I'm going to look for something like CtTradArcher has. That looks exactly what I'm looking for. I will try and find a tank anywhere from 32 to 36 inches or so with a 24 inch diameter.
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