Another 250 gallon RF Build Thread (My first build)

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by dockman, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I finally found a 250 gallon propane tank for my first RF build. Going to pick it up Monday and will remove old valves to fill with water. I have 1 bottle of Dawn dish soap and 5 lbs of TSP (Trisodium Phosphates) to add in with water. The smoker will be on a trailer, have double doors, and double racks. Here is the Feldon link for my build Link to BBQ Pit Calculator
     
  2. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I have all the tools needed for the build since I own a welding shop. The tires are rated at 780 lbs think 1 axle will be fine If not I have a match? In the picture is my plan that I have drawn up along with a cut list for the steel company.
     
  3. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Sorry here are pictures.
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  4. I think you would be happier with it if you made that firebox at least 24" tall
     
  5. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    It is 24" tall x 30" wide x 28" long
     
  6. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    The 17-3/4" is door!
     
  7. You going to get to work on it this weekend?

    Gary
     
  8. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Not until next week Gary. Picking up tank Monday and plating will not be in until late week at the earliest.

    What are your thoughts on load FB? My nephew and I are going 50/50 on this build and he wants a top load. I would rather have an end load and double wall the top.
     
  9. You dont want a top load on that size firebox, top load are for small builds and small fireboxes. This is a different animal. with 17 3/4" door opening if he cant bend over to load that, get him a rocking chair.
     
  10. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    (LMAO) Thanks Ribwizzard! 18" x 24" Door surely we can load with no problem plus I plan to make basket on a slider.
     
  11. I would go end, not a big fan of top loaders

    Gary
     
  12. that will make it nice as well. I usually pull mine out when lighting the starter charcoal with lighter fluid and let the starter charcoal ash over before pushing the basket back into the firebox . I do that so all lighter fluid burns off outside the smoker.
     
  13. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    If you don't mind me asking why do you use lighter fluid instead of a chimney?
     
  14. I use both, I cut the grate out of the bottom of a chimney and set it on the firebox grate, poor it about half full and spray some lighter fluid on it , when it ashes over, I just left up the chimney and let it fall out the bottom.  In this pic, this is the first one I started experimenting with a tapered firebox rack, now I actually frame the rack in a tapered form.

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  15. pigs asss

    pigs asss Newbie

    Hey there fella...I'm the nephew! lol just joined this place
     
  16. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Ron they like for you to go introduce yourself in the Roll Call forum if you have nit.
     
  17. alaska

    alaska Meat Mopper

    This is going to be goooood. Post lots of photos and welcome to the forum.
     
  18. This is going to be a good one.   I'm in.  You will love the size of your firebox.  My 2 cents worth is double the top. 
     
  19. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I plan to post lots of pictures.
     
  20. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I also plan to make this a quick biuid. My work is seasonal and we are heading into our busy season plus I really love my RC boats and not willing to give up weekend RC boating to build a smoker.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2014

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