Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

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Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by EverydayDiesel » November 20th, 2020, 12:13 am

I am just curious if there is a reason why most smokers are round. I have access to cheap plate steel.

Is there any reason why smokers are round and not an octagon shape? Will I have problems with an octagon shaped smoker?



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Re: Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by Pete Mazz » November 20th, 2020, 3:50 am

Only because old tanks are available for cheap and they save welding. Nothing at all wrong with octagon shape.


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Re: Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by Dirtytires » November 20th, 2020, 10:43 am

Yep....or square.



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Re: Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by tinspark » November 20th, 2020, 11:45 am

Can find cheap tanks on Facebook Marketplace, and some guys have found success finding cheap tanks at scrap yards.
Might be worth a look. Plate makes for a nice smoker.
They have a nice set of plans on here for a Mack build, which is made from plate.
Has a nice warming chamber too. Lots of guys build them either way. The main thing is follow the engineering that is provided on this site.
Both work like a charm when you get your volumes dialed in


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Re: Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by dacolson » November 20th, 2020, 8:11 pm

My first build was an octagon. Works great.


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Re: Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by EverydayDiesel » November 21st, 2020, 12:03 am

Thanks for the replies! I really appreciate the help



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Re: Round vs Octogon Shaped Cook Chambers

Post by dacolson » November 21st, 2020, 12:14 am

EverydayDiesel wrote:
November 21st, 2020, 12:03 am
Thanks for the replies! I really appreciate the help
If you go octagon, one thing I would change is to do 6 sides all the same width but do the front and back sides half again as wide. This will give you a deeper tank and will give you more room for a double rack. Mine has 10” width x 48” length and I have a double rack. It’s pretty tight. I’d do 16” front and back instead and give myself more room.

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