Any upright compressor builds out there?

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by busmania, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. busmania

    busmania Smoke Blower

    I built a 33 gallon reverse flow last year.  It works well but the small size creates some issues/limitations.  I have acquired the tank for my next build.  It is a 60 gallon.  I was thinking of maybe doing an upright (to save space while not using).  What are the disadvantages?  I still want it to burn split wood and charcoal.  Best to put the firebox off to the side or could I even put the fire box directly under the inverted compressor tank?  I do realize the entire thing might be a little unstable so I would plan for that as well.

    Any links or advice for an upright compressor build?  My other thought is just a traditional offset (not reverse flow), but I've kind of already done that.
  2. busmania

    busmania Smoke Blower

    Here are the two ideas I was thinking about.  Correct me if I am wrong but it seems as though an upright would be easier to maintain constant temps all throughout?

    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
  3. busmania

    busmania Smoke Blower

    I think I have decided on option #2.  Do I need to take the same measurement considerations into account for an upright as I would if it was sitting sideways?  Doesn't the fact that it is upright kind of create a draft?  For example, a weber smokey mountain (same idea here) doesn't have an exaust stack to create draft.  I guess my question is, do I need to calculate the size of the FB to CC opening or can I just cut a 8-10" circle in the firebox (FB to CC) and then a short 3-4" tall exaust that is about 4" wide (or even NO exhaust?  I would have a baffle on top of the exaust to open/close as needed.

    Here is my latest idea.  Thoughts?  Again, if a Weber Smokey mountain (and other uprights) don't have an exhaust stack, will this need one?  Or does the rising heat automatically create the draft I need? 

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
  4. busmania

    busmania Smoke Blower

    I really need help!  Is there anyone that can help point me in the right direction for dimensions on this puppy?  I really just need to know if the FB to CC opening matters (I was thinking about a 12-14" circle cut from top of firebox).  Also, how to calculate the stack size for this.  I can figure out air inlets and such on my own. 

    Thank you.
  5. busmania

    busmania Smoke Blower

    Guess it's just me, my thread and my smoker (and welder of course)....

    mocked it up so I could visualize (I cannot draw for crap)

    40% scale

    Theme I am thinking about

    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
  6. johnboybaker

    johnboybaker Fire Starter

    Looks good I know on my drum smoker built or the uds witch ever you want to call it. I added a 8" tall 2" pipe for an exhaust. To get the temps up in cold weather smoking.
  7. trannyguy

    trannyguy Newbie

    Hey I just came across this post and was wondering if you ever got it built? If so how did it work
  8. trannyguy

    trannyguy Newbie

    Hey I just came across this post and was wondering if you ever got it built? If so how did it work

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