1/2" thick smoker box

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by philbilly bbq, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. philbilly bbq

    philbilly bbq Newbie

    I am building a trailer smoker and am using 24" steel pipe . I was going to use 1/4" carbon steel but my buddy found me an eight foot long piece (not used) for free. The difference is that's it's 1/2" thick. Is there any down side to being this thick?
     
  2. maple sticks

    maple sticks Smoking Fanatic

    Takes longer to heat. Holds the heat longer. Weight of the door. Great find.
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Consider making the door out of 1/4".... or use a 12 v hydraulic pump and cylinders on the door....
     
  4. maple sticks

    maple sticks Smoking Fanatic

    You can use counter weight on the door as most people do.

    As in my avatar picture.
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2014
  5. morning wood

    morning wood Smoke Blower

    I used 20" diameter 1/2 wall pipe in my build.  So far i am very happy but i haven't figured it all out yet.  It does take along time to get them to temp and they do hold temp for along time after you shut them down.  My doors are roughly 16" x 36" and weigh around 75lbs.

    If you don't already know:

    24"Ø 1/2 wall pipe weighs 125.50 lbs per foot.  (Your 8'-0 piece weighs 1004 lbs) 

    1/2 think material weighs 20.42 lbs per square foot.

    Just a little food for thought.
     

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