1/2 inch thick 555 gallon tank- Opinions

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1/2 inch thick 555 gallon tank- Opinions

Post by 308fan » February 9th, 2017, 2:19 am

Hello everyone. I am a first time poster here. I have a 555 gallon propane tank that is 1/2 inch thick. I was wondering what the popular opinion is about this. Do you think that is to thick for a trailer mounted reverse flow? Weight is not a concern, just function. Should I find a thinner tank to build up? Are there any advantages to using such a thick tank?
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Post by ajfoxy » February 9th, 2017, 2:29 am

:welcome:

Should keep the heat in very nicely. :D

555 gal tank would be huge. Might need to knock a bit off it and use the leftover as a firebox.

If you do go ahead with it I will be looking at the build out of curiosity.


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Post by Pete Mazz » February 9th, 2017, 4:57 am

As long as you have the tools and lifting capability it's doable. It'll take longer to heat up but will hold it longer. You'll have to counterweight the doors or use a cable system.


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Post by Big T » February 9th, 2017, 7:19 am

:yth: :yth:


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Post by forty_creek » February 9th, 2017, 7:29 am

Or square the front and go cabinet style.
Just a note, I know you said weight isn't an option, I built a RF from a 500. RF w/ WB 5,760#.
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Post by Rodcrafter » February 9th, 2017, 7:39 am

Welcome to the crew!

That is one fine rig right there. FC

If I were to recommend a method of using that tank, this is so the way I would say go. It does take a little longer to get fully heated up, but you can open the doors and not have to hurry and get them shut again because the temp will hardly vary once heated.


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Post by Squiggle » February 9th, 2017, 9:13 am

:welcome: as RC usually says, thicker is better!

& yes DC, that is what she said! =))


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Post by 308fan » February 9th, 2017, 10:39 am

Thanks for the input everyone! I really like the square front that Forty_Creek has. I am thinking I will start working on this by summer time. I have lots of projects to finish up. :biggrillin:



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Post by The Czar » February 22nd, 2017, 5:31 am

Squiggle wrote::welcome: as RC usually says, thicker is better!

& yes DC, that is what she said! =))


I've heard that before...lol


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Post by alesmoker » March 6th, 2017, 8:43 pm

That things gonna be a TANK!! Looking forward to this progress!


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Post by Stewart » March 6th, 2017, 10:11 pm

What a monster



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Post by Big T » March 6th, 2017, 10:52 pm

That's FC's pit in the picture, it's a BEAST!! He finished it a while back, here's a link to his build viewtopic.php?t=4312


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Post by forty_creek » March 7th, 2017, 8:02 am

Thanks BigT. I need to get some updated pics. Got Lights Now!


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Post by mp4 » March 8th, 2017, 3:28 pm

You upgraded from this? But why???ImageImage



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Post by forty_creek » March 8th, 2017, 8:30 pm

Hahaa!!! To true MP4...kinda fried that setup!!!
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Post by Weldun » March 8th, 2017, 9:19 pm

How many hours you recon you got in that beast FC ?


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Post by Rodcrafter » March 8th, 2017, 9:52 pm

I have the junior to that rascal and I lost count around 300 hours


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