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First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 13th, 2018, 8:07 am

Snagged a 150 gallon propane tank a couple months ago and have been making slow but steady progress on the cooker.
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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by The Czar » November 13th, 2018, 8:16 am

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 13th, 2018, 8:43 am

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 13th, 2018, 8:45 am

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 13th, 2018, 8:49 am

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Chromeski » November 13th, 2018, 10:07 am

Looks great, sometimes it feels good to see I'm not the only one here without a full metal fab shop. When finished that smoker is going to be heavy, are you sure the trailer is up to the task?



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 13th, 2018, 11:12 am

My wife would probably prefer I had a shop to do this instead of in the garage and in my driveway. My truck doesnt fit in the 1960s built garage so I use that space for my workshop. Eventually the cooker will live on my side of the garage when not being used.

Trailer is rated for 1060 lb. Tank is 320 lb, firebox is 240lb. I dont think the baffle, grates, and exhaust will exceed 400 lb.



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by towtruck » November 13th, 2018, 12:08 pm

Looking good. It's amazing how fast the weight will add up...



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Big T » November 13th, 2018, 6:57 pm

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Dirtytires » November 14th, 2018, 10:45 am

I have to throw my opinion in the ring as well. Smokers always get heavier. We slowly add things to them like work shelves, brackets, tool boxes, wood storage, meat, fender wells and whatever else we can think of. Combine that with a bolt together trailer should never, in my opinion, be loaded to more than 50% of nameplate capacity and you have an extremely undersized trailer.

If you are just keeping it in the yard it might be ok for a while. Chances are it will distort before it falls on your foot but I really don’t think you should hit the open road with it as the bumps are just going to destroy it. I believe those tires are only rated to 45mph and I can tell you from experience that they will destroy themselves after multiple heat cycles going much faster.

You are putting a lot of work into a great smoker and would hate to see a harbor freight trailer be the center of it when trailers are so easy to build.

Just trying to help...



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Gringo Loco » November 14th, 2018, 4:46 pm

Looking Good!!!


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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 15th, 2018, 8:05 am

Dirtytires wrote:
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I have to throw my opinion in the ring as well. Smokers always get heavier. We slowly add things to them like work shelves, brackets, tool boxes, wood storage, meat, fender wells and whatever else we can think of. Combine that with a bolt together trailer should never, in my opinion, be loaded to more than 50% of nameplate capacity and you have an extremely undersized trailer.

If you are just keeping it in the yard it might be ok for a while. Chances are it will distort before it falls on your foot but I really don’t think you should hit the open road with it as the bumps are just going to destroy it. I believe those tires are only rated to 45mph and I can tell you from experience that they will destroy themselves after multiple heat cycles going much faster.

You are putting a lot of work into a great smoker and would hate to see a harbor freight trailer be the center of it when trailers are so easy to build.

Just trying to help...
Absolutely I appreciate the advice. The trailer is cheap enough to be a wait and see type situation. I really only intend on dragging it around in town and not exceeding the rated speed limit of 45 mph. If it sucks Im only out $300 and I can try to find a more permanent solution somewhere else.
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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 15th, 2018, 8:10 am

got the firebox substantially tacked together yesterday.
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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by akjeff » November 16th, 2018, 1:20 am

Looking great!



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 20th, 2018, 1:04 pm

got the tank mounted to the trailer and painted
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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 20th, 2018, 1:05 pm

Biggest problem now is that I had planned on doing a reverse flow, however the CG is just forward of the axle. If I put the firebox on that I was planning it will tip the unit over. Best thing I can think off is to go with a standard offset and put the exhaust on the trailer tongue size of the tank :( Time to get creative.



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by towtruck » November 20th, 2018, 2:58 pm

Time for a different trailer. Plain and simple that is not going to work out.....unless you make it a tandem axle and add another axle under the firebox.
Unless you have 10-15% tongue weight it wont tow well and most likely it will whip side to side really bad being so short. I'm betting you cooking height is too low as well.

You could try moving the axle all the way back but I fear it's still going to be tail heavy.



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » November 20th, 2018, 3:14 pm

Actually I like the idea of moving the axle to the back. Cooking height isnt too bad. I kinda want it low so the exhaust will fit under my garage door.

My dad is going to be grumpy about bringing the kabota back to town but I think thats a decent solution.



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Chromeski » November 20th, 2018, 4:11 pm

Build tube smoker you want. With all the time and materials you have already invested its not worth sacrificing now. It's an inconvenience now and may even cost you more, but that smoker will last a lifetime build the one you want. Offer dad some ribs in exchange for tractor rental



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Dirtytires » November 21st, 2018, 6:52 pm

Hate to be a nag, but that trailer is undersized. It is going to be a problem no matter what you do with it.



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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Coach Cherry » January 31st, 2019, 9:54 am

What are the exact dimensions of your tank. I'm having a hard time determining if my tank is a 120 or 150 gallon

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by Pete Mazz » January 31st, 2019, 11:40 am

Coach Cherry wrote:
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What are the exact dimensions of your tank. I'm having a hard time determining if my tank is a 120 or 150 gallon

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Re: First Build, 150 Gallon Reverse Flow

Post by GamecockEngineer » May 31st, 2019, 7:45 am

just to update everyone, I got a bigger trailer and finished the cooker. Starting to think about building a bigger cooker next and putting this one on a rolling stand to keep in my garage.

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