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Old 04-10-2019, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hey guys, wanted to share a photo of a re-purposed gas hot water heater...my brother made this for me for my birthday a couple of years ago...it's an awesome grill and I very successfully used it as a smoker last night! The chimney is the steel tube that went down through the middle of the hot water tank. So if you decide to upgrade your hot water heater... :)
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:52 PM   #3
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That's a pretty dandy cooker ya got there! Your brother must be a pretty good fella!
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:00 AM   #5
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Neat, what was the trolly its on?
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Nice job on the grill but,...
I've never understood why anyone would want to heat hot water.
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Quote:
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Nice job on the grill but,...
I've never understood why anyone would want to heat hot water.
I always heat hot water to make it hotter.....

And to boil up a pot of crabs.
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Looks great!
I thought most water heaters had a glass liner?
Or did Bro chip it out?
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More pics to come! So the trolley is from an old throwaway gas grill, and this particular tank did not have a glass liner.
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More pics! There are vent holes on both sides of the grill/smoker, both below the level of the charcoal grate. Charcoal grate is expanded steel in two pieces for easy removal for cleaning out ashes. The grill grate (also expanded steel) is welded to a frame made of an old bed frame one of my brother's employees was throwing out. Lots of room for direct cooking and, thanks to the design, the entire grill grate can also be used for indirect cooking. Fuel can be added to the charcoal grate below and on either side of the grill grate, and the entire cooking grate can be used for indirect cooking or smoking. The steel is nice and thick so it insulates like you would not believe! During the burn out we had the inside of the grill cruising along at over 700 degrees WITH THE LID CLOSED. Yup. This thing's amazing!
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