275 gallon oil tank pig smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by bearcarver, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I finally found enough pictures to show the 275 gallon oil tank smoker my son built:

    Cutting tank open:

    Sandblasting everything, inside & out:

    Making one of the 2' X 2' dual smoking boxes (1/4" steel plate):

    Cleaning up after welding hinges on:

    Finished (front view):

    Finished (angle view):

    Giving "Old Smokey" a spritz:

    Closeup of "Old Smokey":

    Ready to pull pork:

    "Them bones":

    Turkey looks small in big smoker:

    Old Smokey sun bathing:

    Thanks for lookin',
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thats a best smoker for sure. I bet that thing is fun to have for a whole hog party.
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Whole pig parties are great (mostly for show), but I think we get better pulled pork by doing smaller smokes in the MES. A lot less "junk" to deal with than when you do a whole pig.

  4. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Now that's a good size smoker, all ready for a party. He might want to put some more air in the tires. [​IMG]
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks greenhorn,
    LOL---It doesn't do any good to put air in those wimpy little tires. That smoker is really heavy, especially with those big fireboxes on it! Those wheels are the only screw-up on the whole smoker. He says he's going to put bigger wheels on it, but he is a champion procrastinator. For the time being, if he has to move it, he uses his forklift.

  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok thats one nice smoker for sure. Why does it have twin fire boxes ??? It doesn't look that big that it shold require 2 fire boxes?? But he did a great job on it too. It looks like it puts out some really good Q too.
  7. that is sick!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice job!
  8. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What a great Qview!
    Nice work, on the smoker AND the pig.
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great Job on the smoker it looks great...[​IMG]
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks mballi,
    No cold spots with two fireboxes. Depending on what he makes in it, he might only use one firebox, but if he wants to use them (like for a whole pig), they're there. It has three chimneys too, with regulators on each one. It also has a big adjustable baffle inside the smoking chamber, just inside the entry holes from each firebox. The main handle is an aluminum pipe floating on a steel bar, so it never gets hot, and it pivots on the steel bar, instead of tearing skin off your hands.

  11. countryboy19

    countryboy19 Smoke Blower

    +1 That is why I built my UDS. I started off with a hog roaster, but after getting advice here it seems that Pork Butts are the better way to go for PP. I'm considering getting rid of my hog-roaster/smoker.
  12. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Thats really cool
  13. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice, very nice. Should be able ta do some fine cookin on that rig.
  14. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Way Cool!

    What did you guys for a counterbalance on the cover to keep it open, or does it just go overcenter?

  15. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I know the thread is a few days old but I guess I missed it somehow.

    Hey bear, tell the son he did a fine job there. Looks great, and at least he has the forklift for moving it around.
  16. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    thats a big rig there Bear, looks like he did a good job on the build[​IMG]
  17. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow! Nice build.
  18. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is the "Big Bear!" rig! Nice build, and good looking Que!
  19. c100200300

    c100200300 Newbie

    Complete newbie to building a smoker.  I researched many sites and I love your design and build pics - Thank You for those.  

    For my 1st smoker ever I am using the same tank as you - used heating oil 275 gallon.   I am going with a simple static setup for my backyard with a wood stove as the firebox (inspired by this commercial smoke - joint smoker in Vermont). 


    The only things I am doing different than this pic:

    - I am going upright like yours (saves space is main reason - no technical reason).

    - Smoke in / Smoke out will be on opposite sides of the tank under the grate instead of center stacks like your pic for Smoke out.

    Question:  How did you prep the tank for cutting with the saws-all?   I made my 1st cut using a very extensive method to eliminate the fire triangle, But want feedback on using a saws-all to do the remaining cuts.
  20. k-swiss66

    k-swiss66 Newbie


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