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Old 12-30-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Vertical offset?

My dad acquired a new tank and wants to do something different and he has it in his head that he wants to build a vertical offset. I haven't measured the tank but I know it's at least 36" tall, but maybe closer to 40"-42" and 22"-24" in diameter.

A traditional horizontal is out of the question because he wants it to be unique. My suggestion to him was to build a super beefy UDS/WSM style vertical smoker. He doesn't like that idea because he wants to utilize most or all of the internal area of the chamber as cooking space. I know that the Bandera is a vertical offset so it's not like this hasn't been done, but it also doesn't appear to be a very common design. Is there a reason for this? Are there any issues or concerns with this sort of design? If he installs 3 cooking grates, is there potential for huge differences in temps between the top and bottom racks?

Neither of us have ever cooked on anything like this, so I want to know what some potential concerns are before tackling the project. I'm sort of opposed to the idea and would rather build a regular offset, but it's his tank and his project.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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The problem I see with the vertical tank is the shelves. A traditional vertical, Bandera, is that the racks slide in and out. Can't do that with a round container.
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