Budget 250 gal. reverse flow trailer build.

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by smokemifugotem, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. smokemifugotem

    smokemifugotem Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    So the more and more i get into smoking meat, the more i would love to have a rig that i can pull behind my truck and why not??? Since my dad works in the propane industry, i have an endless supply of tanks at my disposal. I went tank hunting yesterday and after oggling a few 500 gal. on trailers, i realized i would probably never fill the damn thing. I know.. its a pity, but realistically.. a 250 is going to work just fine for what i want it to do. I finally found 2 different 250's on trailers that i like. Im just not sure what one i want to build up yet.. I will be putting a 75 on it for a firebox. This will be a reverse flow set up. I made my first smoker out of a 50 gal. and its a reverse flow and im sold on the effectiveness of the design.
    I plan on keeping everyone informed as this build continues, and like my last build, i will be doing it on a budget. I am hoping to be able to build this one for under 300 bucks. And would love to be able to get away with spending less than 150!! We will see.... For starters, here is a few pics that i took yesterday of tank heaven. And one of the two possible candidates.

    choices.. choices... choices...

    more choices... more choices... more choices...

    And i think we have a winner!!! Not sure yet. Its a toss up between this one and another one that is also mounted on a trailer. Both are going to need new tires. The other trailer is beefier, but it needs welded before i move it. I am trying to find a way to move it without welding it. It still has gas in it, and there is no way i am welding anywhere near it with gas still in it. Luckily i also have a friend with a tire store. So i should be able to sweet talk my way into two good used tires for free. ..If you followed my last build you may remember that i have a lot of great connections here in Boise and that really helps when you are trying to accomplish something for next to nothing. I will keep you posted as this build continues.
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  2. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    Always look forward to a good build. [​IMG]
  3. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    i just started my first build yesterday and now i catch myself salivating every time i see a large air tank or a 250 gallon propane tank.[​IMG]
  4. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wish I had your kind of connections! Tank already mounted to a trailer is a great start. I followed your last build, and it was really nice.. Look forward to watching this build.. It's the size I would like to have.
  5. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    You have a PM [​IMG]
  6. smokemifugotem

    smokemifugotem Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Came home today and found a present in my driveway. A nice 50 gal. tank to make a very adequate firebox out of!

    I also acquired a 250 gal. yesterday. Its a different one than is in the pic. above. But it is also mounted on a trailer already. And is sitting higher which will accommodate this 50 as its firebox very nicely. I am leaving on a ski vacation starting tomorrow, but when i get back.. i will post pics of the 250 and hopefully start my build. I have the major pieces, now its time to wheel and deal for the remaining parts. Remeber.. i want to try and keep this build under $300 and come out of it with a rig you can compete with. So far, so good. No money into it and i have a firebox, and a chamber already mounted on a trailer. NICE!![​IMG]
  7. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ski vacation??? What the heck!??

    Come on man, you gotta get your priorities in the right order . . .1st the build then the skiing!!!

    Anyway, have a safe ski trip and we'll see ya when you get back.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now those are gonna make one fine smoker there Smokum.
  9. smokemifugotem

    smokemifugotem Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hey, Im gonna try to smoke something at Heliboy's house thurs. night. Does that count?? [​IMG]
  10. Skiing was fun..

    And I love it when you dad suprises you with presents from the crane truck!..

    .. Vegas is lame.. more on that later.. I

    tried to get some BBQ here ... googled it and found Buzzes BBQ which I could smell the smoke from the road.. a good sign surely.. sat .. ordered burnt ends and pulled pork.. arrived in good time.. not to long not to short.. and dove in... MMMmmmm OK good rub but not powerful.. used both mild and Hot sauces... but could not really tell the difference.. burnt ends were good . definatly burnt and smoky.. the pulled pork was flavourful BUT a tad on the mushy side.. and I was craving some vinager.. but it just was not there.. oh well more later on that..

    The stock up looks good... remember to chrome the stack this time! and use thicker handles on the doors...

    Cheers !!


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