This is the building process that friends and I used to build a gallon reverse flow smoker and put it on a trailer. My friends, Charlie and his son Levi did most of the cutting and welding on this project and I for sure could not have done this without their help. This is the gallon tank and trailer I found to start the build with.
These were the hinges I designed to use on the smoker. Later these were cut off and gate hinges were welded in place. After the doors were cut and the hinges welded on it was time to take it outside and give it a good burning. I put strap metal on the inside of the doors to give it a little better seal. It was now time to bring the tank in and cut out the opening for the fire box.
This is the plate metal for the firebox. This is more metal supplies for the trailer and cooking grates. This is the intake for the firebox. The slide will block off the air going into the firebox and this is what regulates the temperature in the smoker.
I layed out the center angle iron and marked the side wall so the plate steel would be angled down towards the center.
You can see here that the opening at the end of the tank will allow the smoke from the firebox to travel under this steel plate. The smoke goes to the other end of the tank where it comes up and back across the cooking chamber and then, when the exhaust is cut out, the smoke will go up and out the exhaust pipe. Here is a picture of the opening the smoke uses to come up into the cooking chamber.
Now its time for the trailer to get some attention. Here is what the floor of the trailer looks like after the rebuild and before the tongue is installed. Fenders on and back home. The open space on the right side of the trailer is where I plan to put a tool box.Smoked meat tastes good, and it lasts a long time.
That is why people have been doing it for thousands of years. Smoking creates a steady supply of warm — not hot — smoke to penetrate the meat. The smoke dries the meat and has an anti-bacterial effect. Red meat and oily fishes lead the list of smoked meats.
For the big smoking jobs, like a whole pig, you need a large smoker. DIY smoker-builders frequently choose the standard gallon fuel oil tank to make these whole-animal smokers.
You need to know how to weld. Cut a 4-foot by 2-foot rectangle out of a flat side on the oil tank. The tank is five feet wide, with two rounded sides and two flat sides.
Grind the sharp edges off the cut-out. The cut-out will be your smoker door. Place the flat piece inside the tank, then build a hardwood fire inside the tank. Let the fire burn for a couple of hours, keeping it very hot. This burns off oil residues. When you finish you can scrub the smoker with detergent and scouring pads. Weld a bead along the sides and bottom of the door opening to ensure that the door cannot swing all the way into the smoker. Reposition the flat piece over the hole and weld two steel hinges across one four-foot cut.
This is now the top of the door, and above that is a rounded side that will be the top of your smoker. Cut a six-inches by six-inches vent hole in the top, near the side.
Weld a bead around three sides of the hole. Weld one hinge on this piece to make a ventilation door and weld the hinge to the un-beaded edge of the vent hole. Join the corners of the large and small rectangles with the four 3-foot lengths of angle iron. The 30" x 66" rectangle sits on the ground, and the 25" x 61" rectangle holds the tank. Position the tank on the stand.
Homemade Smoker From a Heating Oil Tank
Weld the tank at the line where it rests on the long bars. This completes your smoking chamber. Cut the steel gallon drum in half, making two large cans.
Cut the cap off one of the cans, leaving a steel cylinder and a round, flat lid. Keep the round, flat lid.We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features.
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I will be building a smoker from a Gallon Oil Tank and am looking for some suggestions. First of all, What is the best method for cleaning out said tank? Secondly, Fire Box or Direct Heat with removable fire 'drawer?
Thanks, and any help or suggestions are welcome! Howdy Mike To clean use dawn dish soap and water. Then do a good long burn in it. Fire box for sure. I would also do reverse flow. If you can get some time to work on it. I see you smoking by Labor day. I'm in Happy smoken. Thanks, mule. I was leaning towards fire box also. That would allow me to have a warming chamber as well.Why not take a minute to register for your own free account now?
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As a member you get free access to all of our forums and posts plus the ability to post your own messages, communicate directly with other members, and much more. Register now! Already a member? Login at the top of this page to stop seeing this message. I am in the middle of turning a oil tank into a smoker. I know the basics for this, such as cleaning, burning, and the like, however I am in need of a little advice.
The plan is to have it laying down, with a fire box hanging off an end and am mounting it on a trailer. I found a 10 gallon old milk can to use as the fire box and am thinking about lining it with fire brick so I don't have to worry about it deforming the can. However these are my concerns; A. This would end up being a 8in diameter by 16in long fire box, will this be large enough? Will the mortared in fire brick withstand being on a trailer?
The milk can idea is not in stone, I thought it would give the rig a little something, but I'm willing to scrap it for the end result. Thanks Pete. Sponsored by oakridge bbq.
Definately not enough. Always go big on the firepit, and you can always choke it off. You can't keep building a bigger fire if you come up short :.
Hope you like buying wood and babysitting a smoke but I agree you need a bigger fire box to keep the fire burning. Bigger for sure Check out the link in my sig. I posted progress when I built my gallon offset. Not everyone loves to tend a big firebox on a big ole smoker but I know I love it. For small cooks and when I need to get some shut-eye there's always the UDS!. Sounds like you're in the early stages of planning and design and I agree you have to go bigger on the firebox and it's gotta be heavy duty.
Good luck on the build and make sure to ask lots of questions and post lots of pics! Originally Posted by Kaisersoze. Q 2 - No, Do not mortar the brick to the inside of your firebox. Even if you are not mounting this on a trailer, the expanding and contracting steel will detroy your joints in quick time.
I did line my firebox with firebrick and I'll tell you my method and it works great for me. I used the thicker standard blocks on the bottom and the slimmer blocks on the sides. I set them in free floating but snug on the bottom and brushed over play sand to fill in the gaps.
This I figured would help with ash building I couldnt get to. On the sides I used 1x1 angle to build a shelf to keep the blocks above my vents and set all the blocks on overlapping seams all around. When you are done it should look like a brick box with a steel cage over it.
I did not line the top of the box because I want to use it as a flat top. Keep in mind you will need to strengthen the inside of the top of your firebox if you do not insulate it.There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.
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There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price. A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks. The Broil King Signet is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood.
Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better.
By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.You have an old oil tank that is no longer being used. Disposal of such a large container would be a waste of materials when you could spend an afternoon with a few tools and turn it into a huge BBQ grill.
This grill would be large enough to cater a gathering with room to spare. Here you will learn the backyard cook's method of recycling an oil tank. Open all the fixtures on your tank using your pipe wrench.
Duct tape the hose from your compressor into one of the openings. Use as much tape as possible to ensure a good hold. Turn on your compressor and let air blow into the tank for at least 1 hour to purge all fumes from the tank. Disconnect the hose from the tank. Put the tank on its side. Use your reciprocating saw to remove the legs from the tank and cut the tank in half.
Flip the new top off the bottom, leaving both laying with the inside facing up. Use your wire brush, soap, lots of water, and bleach to clean the tank halves inside and out thoroughly. Be sure to empty all waste into your disposal container for proper disposal later.
Line this half up with the other side, mark hinge holes, drill and attach hinges to this half. Place handles only on the top section and directly across from the hinges. Mark and drill holes in the sides of the bottom section of your grill to attach these legs. Dig out a hole 1 foot deep and 1 foot across where you wish to place each leg.
Gently lower your grill legs into these holes. Add recommended water to each hole. Stir the mix with shovel head and let sit at least 24 hours. Fill your holes with the dirt that came out of them. Add charcoal or wood and light it. Lay your grill rack into the grill. Let the flames die down, add food, cook and enjoy. After learning electronics in the U. Navy in the s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States.
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Privacy Terms. Skip to content. Quick links. The Great Smoker Build gal. I've still got a long way to go but I've gotten it to a point where I'm starting to see the end of the tunnel, I wanted to share a few pictures.
A man or woman with tools that knows how to use them knows the satisfaction of a job well done. Re: The Great Smoker Build gal. Nice work I like the rounded top door idea too. It feels so good when it starts looking like a smoker instead of a pile of scrap metal.
If it's tourist season, how come I can't shoot 'em? Don't speak the language? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk. I might do the door first, but we'll see.
I've also got to make a grate to keep the fire up off the bottom and sides of the firebox. Do you really think you need to do that much welding? I only weld the outside.
At about per inch there should be plenty of weld. In my opinion. Seems to work for me. Under the BP will run around degrees but above it down to your cooking temperature so no warping to the CC happens. I did a 2" insulated box and door. I filled the 2" tube door frame with perlite as insulation. The hinge side doesn't move around because it's welded. So it warps like a good curve ball pitch. When it cools the warp disappears. Not sure if you'll have this kind of problem since your FB isn't insulated.
This thing opens butter smooth without even a squeak. All I've got left for it is adding a latching handle.