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Old 06-06-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default making a new smoker out of a pressure tank. Oh did I tell you I dont have a clue!

I am going to attempt to make a vertical smoker out of a pressure Tank from my well. The only problem is I have never smoked anything. My question is about distances as follows.
Coals on the bottom?
Water pan, how far above the coals?
Next how far above the water pan should I place the first grill?
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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Kinda like a UDS with a door on the side, I guess. Or a fat WSM, Look at the UDS thread and search the site for other upright smokers for spacing help.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:02 PM   #4
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If it is a water tank, have you checked to see if it has a glass lining? If so, you will need to remove it. I have never done this before. I have only made two cookers, but picked my tanks based on what they were made of/lined with to make the job easier.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:08 PM   #5
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If it has the glass lining, sand blasting is the best way to remove it.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:10 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by SmittyJonz View Post
Damn Smitty, beat me to it again. Hallttam, be happy to answer any questions you kight have.
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