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160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 29th, 2011, 1:23 pm

well this is one of my reverse flow builds I did over the summer. I'm still working on the trailer side of this build and putting some of the finishing touches on the smoker itself.ok so here we go.
I'm sure you have seen some of these pics before on the other site.
I found a deal on some tanks from a friend of mine. they were water tanks off of concrete trucks.
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of the 3 there was 1- 120 gallon, 1- 140 gallon and 1- 160 gallon. I chose to start with the 160 gallon. So I marked out the door and the fire box opening.
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Inside the tank were some vertical baffles so i had to remove them also.After getting the door cut out i set it aside then cut the firebox to cook chamber hole.
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Then I had to clean up all the rust from inside the tank and cut out a couple bung holes for patching.
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 29th, 2011, 1:47 pm

The next thing I had to do was get the Baffle plate and fire box parts laid out.
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Then I built the firebox Using 1/4 inch plate for the parts. I also cut the door out.
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I decided not to notch the tank for my firebox fit. I decided instead to make the fit spot on instead and install a small baffle on the inside of the tank.
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Next I fit the Baffle Plate into place. For ease of installation and better use of materials I installed the baffle plate in 2 pieces.
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2nd piece.
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I Build my smokers with an Adjustable Baffle Plate. i do this by figuring the max and the minimum opening, then by installing a plate the gap is adjusted by using a threaded shaft and a hand wheel.
This is a pic of the plate opening.
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 29th, 2011, 2:03 pm

Ok so the next thing i did is to grind all the paint off of the area around the fire box to cook chamber air opening.
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Here is a look from inside the opening under the Baffle Plate.
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next i fit the fire box to the cook chamber.
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Sure is handy to have a forklift :lol:
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by rlmax02 » January 29th, 2011, 2:23 pm

pretty slick. I like it!


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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 29th, 2011, 4:04 pm

Next I Installed the stack. I used 4" pipe since that is what I had handy.
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next I built the wood drawer and mounted the door on the firebox
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Tom_Heath » January 29th, 2011, 8:24 pm

I still say its not fare......the forklift that is.

Hey man, the smoker is lookin great, can't wait to see the adjuster for the damper.


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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 30th, 2011, 11:28 pm

Here's a pic with the cooker doors opened up. The upper and lower racks are installed but they are hard to see in this pic.
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Here is a pic of the counter weights.
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Ok here is version 1 of my adjustable baffle plate. I used a saw tooth design for my adjuster.
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Upon the advice of a wise friend (not to mention any names Tom :lol: ) I decided to use a hand wheel design for the adjuster.
so here is version 2...
A buddy of mine had an old high pressure water valve layin around with the perfect stuff i needed...
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Tom_Heath » January 30th, 2011, 11:40 pm

Thats freakin sweet frank, I'm not sure how far you are in the planning stages but while I was working on my 4x6 bandsaw I had a revelation. If you get a chance take a look under one of these saws at how the fence is set up. Basically a bushing right behind the handle so that the handle is barley sticking out the end of the tank. Then the adjuster piece like the one threaded on to the screw in your pic is attached to the plate that moves. The plate could run in a track just like the vise does on the saw.

Hey man, if I drive down do ya think theres any chance Lisa will let us bake powder coat parts in her oven??????


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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 30th, 2011, 11:50 pm

so I cut off the parts i needed and built the new adjustable baffle plate.
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here the plate is open
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here the plate is closed
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here is the hand wheel
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Tom_Heath » January 30th, 2011, 11:52 pm

Thats really really close to what I was talking about.

Nice Work!!


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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 30th, 2011, 11:53 pm

Smoker Tom wrote:Thats freakin sweet frank, I'm not sure how far you are in the planning stages but while I was working on my 4x6 bandsaw I had a revelation. If you get a chance take a look under one of these saws at how the fence is set up. Basically a bushing right behind the handle so that the handle is barley sticking out the end of the tank. Then the adjuster piece like the one threaded on to the screw in your pic is attached to the plate that moves. The plate could run in a track just like the vise does on the saw.

Hey man, if I drive down do ya think theres any chance Lisa will let us bake powder coat parts in her oven??????
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'll ask man!



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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by rlmax02 » January 31st, 2011, 9:03 am

Thats awesome frank. ingenious!


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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » January 31st, 2011, 10:08 am

Thanks rlmax!
I posted part of the trailer build for this project in the trailer builds forum.
I still have more pics to post on this build and the trailer build, I will post them hopefully tonight. :mrgreen:



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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 13th, 2011, 1:36 pm

It's nice being in the food equipment business, you get all kinds of good stuff. We scrapped out a kitchen recently and wound up with this table. The top shelf will work nicely in front of the cooker :) so I cut it off and a little test fit proved my theory. So I will notch it out to fit over the fender and cut it with the plasma cutter.
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 13th, 2011, 2:51 pm

I like it 8-)
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 13th, 2011, 4:07 pm

Got'er installed. I really like that table on there. Matter of fact I like it so much I think the other part of that table needs to go on there too :-)
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 13th, 2011, 4:09 pm

I think I'll make the table where it will fold up for transport and fold down for use. I had to have my helper hold it up while I took the pic lol
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Post by Frank_Cox » March 13th, 2011, 4:11 pm

When I'm done I'll have a table on both sides
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Tom_Heath » March 13th, 2011, 7:34 pm

That looks really sweet. I like it alot. Is there any chance that someone could be at the big table leaning over while someone else opens the smoker and konks them in the head with the counter weight?

That one would have to go on 1001 ways to die!!!!!!

I have not used any yet but a guy told me to try solar flux b ( I believe the name was ) to keep the backside of the stainless from sugaring. Since its pretty tough to backgas or purge the back side of the weld.


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Post by rlmax02 » March 13th, 2011, 9:14 pm

funny you posted they shelf on the front because my buddy and I were just talking today on finding a table to make a shelf exactly like that.


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Post by Frank_Cox » March 13th, 2011, 10:01 pm

they arent easy to find! i just happen to work with that stuff frequently. I think tom has had to make most of his.



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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Tom_Heath » March 13th, 2011, 10:37 pm

There out there waiting to be found, just not when you really want one.

I actually saw several at the scrap yard last time I was there. Of course at the time I didn't need any more.


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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 16th, 2011, 4:26 pm

Making the hinge hardware for the fold out table today.
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 16th, 2011, 5:54 pm

Put on the end stops for the hinge bar and installed th last fender, now to build the hangar for the table
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Re: 160 gallon reverse flow trailer build

Post by Frank_Cox » March 16th, 2011, 6:16 pm

Gonna make a gusset style hangar assembly to hold the table
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