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Unread 03-30-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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Am BBQn almost every weekend for other people "for free". Need to take it to the next level with a trailer smoker. Dont have the cash to buy one. Thinking of an old propane tank and a boat trailer. Any thoughts?
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Am BBQn almost every weekend for other people "for free". Need to take it to the next level with a trailer smoker. Dont have the cash to buy one. Thinking of an old propane tank and a boat trailer. Any thoughts?
How much work are you willing and can do on building it? How about finding something already mounted or a project someone has given up on?
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Am BBQn almost every weekend for other people "for free". Need to take it to the next level with a trailer smoker. Dont have the cash to buy one. Thinking of an old propane tank and a boat trailer. Any thoughts?
Depending on the size, I can tell you now that an old boat trailer isnt going to haul the weight. I am checking on the DOT laws in PA but some states do not require registration on BBQ trailers because they are in themselves not hauling anything. They are one piece. Sort of like a rental cement mixer. They do not haul anything and at most need lights.

I would suggest if you are going to build a smoker, build a sturdy trailer to go with it. Most trailer supply places carry replacement axles so you can build this for the actual weight of the trailer. I can direct you to some steel weight calculators online which will help you estimate your total weight if you cant get the project to a scale. Then over size the axle and build around it. If you dont feel comfortable coming up with your own trailer plans, google for them. I found a few configs I may go with or just make my own. I have another fab shop down the road that works on a ton of trailers who can give me advice. You should be able to find that sort of advice in your town. Good luck, post pics, and if you havent already, go to cattle call and intro yourself.
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Thanks for the info. Very helpful. Have a buddy that has all the equipment and is wanting to help. He built a Radio Fiyer wagon hot-rod out of a 1929 Ford T-Bucket. He's confident we can handle this one.Hadn't thought much about weight v trailer. Kinda important thanks.
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Those are some nice lookin backyard kitchens.Do you do the patio's too or just the islands?
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Thanks for the info. Very helpful. Have a buddy that has all the equipment and is wanting to help. He built a Radio Fiyer wagon hot-rod out of a 1929 Ford T-Bucket. He's confident we can handle this one.Hadn't thought much about weight v trailer. Kinda important thanks.
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Not a trailer but here is a couple or rigs that I like and would be sure to draw a crowd and if you have good food, they will be back.

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Yes I do the concrete patios, walks and landscaping as well as the islands
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Am BBQn almost every weekend for other people "for free". Need to take it to the next level with a trailer smoker. Dont have the cash to buy one. Thinking of an old propane tank and a boat trailer. Any thoughts?
This is exactly what I have done. Been working on the tank for about a month now and just got my boat trailer a week ago. Will probably have pictures soon.
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Axle from junk yard my cooker is axle from an Astro Van You should be able to find axle pretty cheap find some 3 or 4 inch channel for your frame buy hitch and jack from flea market for around 50 bucks or less you can put a wood floor in or find some metal
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Just a word of caution If you or your friend are not absolutely sure how to cut into a propane tank find someone that is. Then drop it off go home and have him call you when its done.
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Not going to suggest anything but what I did was fill the thing with water and started making my first cuts. Had one minor puff when it drained but nothing serious.

After the doors were cut we started a good fire in it and let it burn for awhile to get rid of the smell.
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Where do you guys find the door hinges? I need two sets ASAP.
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I bought a single watercraft trailer for mine. If you are patient you can pick them up cheap.



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The wife works for an oral sergon. Her gas guy gave us all the warnings
and is going to help keep us alive.
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No luck yet finding a propane tank.
Any sugestions on what else to use for the barrell?
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