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Old 11-30-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default 500 Gallon Propane Smoker Build

I have decided to take on this project because the winter gets kinda slow for my landscaping business. I have been looking for the right tank for a while and stumbled upon this one in Lufkin. It's around 14 feet long and 2.75 feet tall and is 1/4in thick. Here's a pic of the drive, with Tom at the shop and as she sits right now getting filled up with water. Can't wait to get started
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Old 11-30-2014, 03:55 PM   #2
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Old 11-30-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:51 PM   #4
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Tuned in for this
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:38 PM   #5
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and I thought my 200gal was big!
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:00 AM   #6
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Interested in watching this one
Keep us posted!
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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200 gallons is big, this thing is gonna be huge. About to flip her over and drain the water. It already smells horrible anywhere near the tank, I'm sure this will double the flavor.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:51 AM   #8
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Good luck, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:55 PM   #9
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PM sent with my contact info. I can send you photos via smart phone of one I built out of a 500 gallon tank if you are interested. I'm not smart enough to figure out how to post the pictures onto here from my phone.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:00 PM   #10
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That's two huge smokers right there, not one!
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:15 PM   #11
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Tuned in!!!!
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:08 PM   #12
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if you ever need a test pilot for the initial smoke batches... im in
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:34 PM   #13
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Just how many do you plan on cooking for, that thing is huge!
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:17 PM   #14
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That's two huge smokers right there, not one!
'Course, if DoveBlaster wasn't from Texas, he could make Three smokers outa that puppy!
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:26 PM   #15
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I'm in for this.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:46 PM   #16
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Love to see how it come out.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:14 AM   #17
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Everything is bigger in Texas!!! Well I filled with water once and drained then filled with 4 gallons of soap and water then drained. Gonna fill with soap and water once more and hopefully get the doors cut this week. Still smells like mercaptain anywhere near
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:20 AM   #18
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:50 AM   #19
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I have cut into many with just filling once with water and then cutting away. It always still feels a little spooky until that first hole is blown.
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:16 PM   #20
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Yah I was planning on one fill with water then cutting but the mercaptan was still smelling horribly so I got scared and filled again. Hopefully will have time to get some metal, map out the doors and get to cutting soon
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:25 PM   #21
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Your future smoker is gifted.

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:58 PM   #22
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:37 AM   #23
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Following this one, I have an axle set aside for one but it's not gonna be near that size!
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:28 PM   #24
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Any more progress today?
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:40 PM   #25
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #26
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No progress today. Had a continuing education class for my irrigation license. Gonna fill her with soapy water again tomorrow and hopefully get to cutting as well
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:03 AM   #27
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Just as soon as I thought we were slow, we got slammed with a few bigger jobs so I haven't had anytime to put into the smoker build. My neighbor did call the Fort Worth Fire Department because he thought the mercaptan smell was a gas leak. I peaked my head over the fence and told the fireman what I was doing and they laughed and left faster than they arrived. Its filling up with water for the 4th time as we speak and Im going to be in Norman all weekend for Bedlam so the project will have to wait till early next week.
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Old 12-06-2014, 05:18 PM   #28
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That's going to be one big pit
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:01 AM   #29
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So I have a little down time today and am going to get the doors cut out. Here is a picture of the plans I have laid out. The doors are going to be around 30 1/3 inches with 4 inch gaps for temp gauges. And the firebox is going to be around 3 feet long. Pics
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:07 PM   #30
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Started Cutting the doors. DIDNT BLOW UP. A little scary the first time around. Pics
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:10 PM   #31
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Did you use a sawzall?
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:12 PM   #32
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Tuned In!

Gonna be a biggen!
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:09 PM   #33
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That thing is huge. Any idea on the weight of tank?
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:13 PM   #34
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That thing is HUGE! Looking forward to this build!
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:31 PM   #35
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Dang son!! You smoking brontosaurus Meat????
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:23 PM   #36
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You might need a fire pit a both ends!!
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:17 PM   #37
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I used a sawzall with a 6in thick metal blade for the majority of the cutting because it was easy to control but l had to get started using an angle grinder.

I think the tank weighs in the 1100-1200 lb range but thats just a guess from some online reading. When I went to pick the tank up the guy had a smaller tractor and couldn't pick it up. So he had to lift one end up to the trailer then push from behind.

Bought some flat bar and hope to get that on the doors and tank this weekend.

Started a small fire in the tank to get rid of the mercaptan smell.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:31 PM   #38
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Following along..........
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:10 PM   #39
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A little late now, but you can cut the doors part ways then add the hinges and flat strap before finishing the cuts, takes away the task of gettin them set back right as you weld in the hinges. That looks great though!
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:20 PM   #40
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Ya, guy at the metal shop told me that after the fact too, ya live and ya learn I guess. Next build I will definitely add the hinges and strap b4 cutting the doors all the way. Thanks for the advise, any more is greatly welcomed as this is a first build for me.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:54 AM   #41
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cant wait to see this one done
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:49 PM   #42
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You could always run a cremation business on the side.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:57 PM   #43
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Any more progress?
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Old 12-18-2014, 05:19 PM   #44
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Tuned in. Sweet build.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:24 PM   #45
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Make any progress this weekend?
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:54 PM   #46
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:33 AM   #47
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Shazam !
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:26 AM   #48
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Can someone explain filling the tank with water/draining process for me on these things? I'm assuming you fill/drain the pit in order to rid the former gas, so you don't go KABOOM when you start working on the pit. But how do you know when it's right? When enough is enough..
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:33 AM   #49
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That pit is going to be bad a. I'm going to follow this one. Looks good so far!

That's a good idea about welding the hinges and flat bar before completely cutting out the doors. Never thought about that before and will take that advise and use it when I build me a pit this coming year hopefully!
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:39 AM   #50
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