150 gallon build, lots of questions

Horizontal smokers with a side firebox and tuning plates.
Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » August 10th, 2018, 2:14 pm

IMG_3690.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » August 10th, 2018, 2:23 pm

Something I did different on this build from what little experience i have had in the past.

In the past, I've used heat and clamped the flanges to the door and tacked them on and they've worked ok. This time, due to some irregularity with using a tank, after cutting and the door edge not perfect with the cook chamber edge in places, I wanted to do something different to get the best seal i could. I welded a ring on each end of a longer-thanp-needed flange piece, and used a ratchet strap to bend the shape and tacked as I went. I heated the flange a little with torch after it was tacked on to hopefully relieve some of the tension. I was going to use a gasket, but the flanges are pretty tight to the cook chamber now so I will just use the high temp RTV or whatever it's called to further seal it.
On the firebox end, due to leg placement, I had to tack one end of the flange below the door line, and weld a ring on the opposite leg and the end of the flange to make the ratchet strap method work. And it did, pretty good. The top and bottom flanges were easier, I just positioned by hand with the door closed and started tacking and they tightened down as I went from one end to the other. Maybe this will help somebody, I'm not sure.



User avatar
Dirtytires
Expert
Expert
Posts: 1588
Joined: November 24th, 2015, 12:36 am
Title: It ain't broke...yet
BBQ Comp Team Name: Dont compete...cook for events once in a while
Location: Phoenix, Az

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Dirtytires » August 10th, 2018, 5:04 pm

We all learn from each other....thanks for sharing.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » August 29th, 2018, 11:33 am

Almost done. Just need to add a handle for steering, and paint this sucker.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » August 29th, 2018, 11:34 am

finished my firebox door last night
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



User avatar
Big T
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5163
Joined: September 1st, 2013, 2:40 pm
Title: Go Getter
BBQ Comp Team Name: Backyard Boys
Location: Lower Alabama

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Big T » August 29th, 2018, 5:22 pm

Nice!


Measure Twice.....Cut Three Times.

akjeff
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 89
Joined: July 1st, 2018, 10:58 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by akjeff » August 29th, 2018, 10:46 pm

Beautiful work!



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 5th, 2018, 3:21 pm

Well, I finally got my front steering handle on this thing, built some tools for it and hangers on the back, and got it painted up. I debated about adding a shelf, but the more I thought about my old one the more I remembered I hardly ever used it, and I can just have a small table nearby. Time to light a fire and season this sucker! i'll get some more pics whenever I get some meat cooking in it. took me a long dang time, but I sure am proud of it.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 5th, 2018, 3:23 pm

IMG_4306.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



User avatar
ajfoxy
Expert
Expert
Posts: 1938
Joined: April 12th, 2016, 8:07 pm
Title: Neophyte Smoker Bldr
BBQ Comp Team Name: Not competing yet...
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by ajfoxy » October 5th, 2018, 5:04 pm

You have got to be proud of that smoker. Looks great. :kewl:

Now for the Q-view... you know, rules and all that... :grillin:


Learning generally boils down to "Repetition or the avoidance of pain", some people learn by doing, some by watching and some just have to pee on the electric fence.

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. Henry Ford

User avatar
towtruck
Big Time SmokerBuilder
Big Time SmokerBuilder
Posts: 237
Joined: August 4th, 2018, 4:50 pm

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by towtruck » October 5th, 2018, 5:15 pm

I like it! I have to build some tools for my new smoker as well. I'm not sure what I need yet but a hook to pull the charcoal bin out and something to sweep the fire box tube out with are two items I know I will need.



User avatar
Big T
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5163
Joined: September 1st, 2013, 2:40 pm
Title: Go Getter
BBQ Comp Team Name: Backyard Boys
Location: Lower Alabama

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Big T » October 5th, 2018, 6:03 pm

:LG: :LG:


Measure Twice.....Cut Three Times.

Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 15th, 2018, 12:31 pm

I'm finished. Lit the first fire in it last week and seasoned the cook chamber with a mix of tallow and bacon grease. Let that burn for about 5 hours and threw some chicken thighs on it just for kicks. The real first cook was this Saturday. Lit my fire about 4 in the morning, smoked a 13 lb brisket and 2 small racks of ribs, and it rained the entire time. I had just put the ribs on in the pic, failed to get any meat cutting photos but it all turned out pretty good.

Learned a lot about my new cooker, it will get very hot with minimal wood if I need it to, but I found the vent setting that holds a pretty stable 250-270 with about a log an hour or so.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 15th, 2018, 12:33 pm

IMG_4797.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 15th, 2018, 12:35 pm

IMG_4850.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 15th, 2018, 12:36 pm

IMG_4853.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.



Tipps
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Needs a Bigger Shop!
Posts: 78
Joined: May 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Tipps » October 15th, 2018, 12:40 pm

Thanks for all the help and advice on my build guys, I really appreciate it. Learned so much through this whole process and ended up building something that is exactly what I had imagined and wanted from the beginning. It holding the temps like it does is rewarding for sure, and I am about to use the crap out of this thing.



User avatar
ajfoxy
Expert
Expert
Posts: 1938
Joined: April 12th, 2016, 8:07 pm
Title: Neophyte Smoker Bldr
BBQ Comp Team Name: Not competing yet...
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by ajfoxy » October 15th, 2018, 4:04 pm

That came out really well. Well done


Learning generally boils down to "Repetition or the avoidance of pain", some people learn by doing, some by watching and some just have to pee on the electric fence.

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. Henry Ford

User avatar
Dirtytires
Expert
Expert
Posts: 1588
Joined: November 24th, 2015, 12:36 am
Title: It ain't broke...yet
BBQ Comp Team Name: Dont compete...cook for events once in a while
Location: Phoenix, Az

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Dirtytires » October 15th, 2018, 11:41 pm

So cool when it turns out as you expected, nice job. Now you have to shift from spending time building to time cooking!

And eating....



User avatar
Pete Mazz
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 2742
Joined: February 16th, 2013, 8:19 am
Title: Meathead
Location: Bucks County, PA

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Pete Mazz » October 16th, 2018, 4:28 am

:LG: :LG: :LG:


If it's tourist season, how come I can't shoot 'em?

Don't speak the language? Try this: Smoker Terminology

Try my SmokerBuilder Calculators

User avatar
Big T
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5163
Joined: September 1st, 2013, 2:40 pm
Title: Go Getter
BBQ Comp Team Name: Backyard Boys
Location: Lower Alabama

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Big T » October 16th, 2018, 8:35 pm

:yth: You've definitely built something to be proud of and it sounds like it works great . :beer:


Measure Twice.....Cut Three Times.

User avatar
Rodcrafter
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 8448
Joined: July 21st, 2012, 5:46 pm
Title: Member
BBQ Comp Team Name: Not competing yet...
Location: Orlando, Florida

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by Rodcrafter » October 21st, 2018, 7:09 am

Very nice work!


Making memories!


Current Smokers: Backyard RF Offset and Hybrid RF Offset trailer rig with Cowboy cooker and fish fryer, always room for more........

CGTex
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 1
Joined: November 27th, 2018, 12:15 am

Re: 150 gallon build, lots of questions

Post by CGTex » November 27th, 2018, 10:11 pm

Hi Tipps,
I think I have the same exact tank size. 'Planning to do the same basic thing as you did (round firebox made from the tank). My questions are: what was the best way you found to cut the tank? In the photos your cuts look so straight! And secondly, I guess the fire wood and fire inside the two pieces initially was to burn the left over tank grease / tank residue / impurities out, and also to remove the outside paint? Also, did you MIG or stick weld (which stick) for the most part? It looks great!
Carl in Texas



Post Reply

Return to “Standard Offsets”