500 gallon smoker build

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by akorte4, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. akorte4

    akorte4 Newbie

    Hello all,

    I'm a first time user of this page, I've been reading posts for a long time but never posted myself. I'm getting ready to start a RF smoker with a 500 gallon propane tank I've acquired. I've ran all the calculations and plan to use 1/4 plate on everything. For those of you that have one this big is it a beast to heat? I'm considering cutting it down a bit because I'll primarily use it for back yard bbq's. I do a couple competitions and a few catering jobs a year but I'll only need the size 3-4 times a year. Is this going to be unpractical for backyard use?

    I have thought about adding a removable plate at the 2/3rds point to create a smoker/grill combo to be more user friendly at home. When I need it full size I can remove the plates and have it full size. Any expert thoughts on that?

    Any opinions or recommendations would be appreciated.


  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]   to SMF!

    Glad to have you  aboard!

    I'm not a builder, and I don't have a smoker that big.

    But I would think that you would want more than 1 smoker.

    The big one for the jobs & comps, and a smaller one for backyard BBQ.

    I have 6 smokers and use them all.


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