building a smoker

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by spideywren, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. I have gotten a hold of a 100 gallon stainless steel tank and i would like to build a smoker out of it. But I have no idea what size my firebox and chimmney should be. Also how big of an opening should there be between the firebox and the smoking chamber? Any help would be appreciated.

  2. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    100 Gal Stainless tank? Sweet. Firebox rule of thumb if memory serves correctly, is 1/3 the size of the main chamber. There is a build calculator for that on here somewhere, just do a search for it. Also, just take a look at several of the other builds and get some idea. It's best to do that before cutting into anything. Don't rush it. How thick is the steel on that tank?
    Got any pics? And don't forget to take lots of pics of your build. Your ideas and method may help the next person that comes along with a build[​IMG]
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now they have just added a killer build section the this site now. So go check it out I'm sure you can find everything you need from there. But that tank was a really good find you have gotten.
  4. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Need diameter of the tank if you are sure it is 100 gallons. Or both diameter and length if 100 gallons is just a guess.

    Need to know where you live, or at least what altitude. But to calculate humidity I need to know the geographic region.

    Reverse flow? Or flow through? Horizontal or vertical configuration.
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    no fire box needed[​IMG]

    if ya build a watt burner or just use the calculator beer-B-Q gave you the link too it'll get ya close
  7. yount

    yount Meat Mopper

    that is a thing of beauty love to see the inside

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