first ever smoer build HELP please

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by david450, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. First off sorry for the pictures it's dark when I get off work
    It started off as a propane tank laying on my property
    It has a 22" diameter
    Stack is 33" tall and 4.5" round
    Tank is 73" long end to end (approximately)
    The two cooking spaces are 26x22 inches as well
    Also I used 1 1/2 flat iron around the doors with a 3/4 inch lip

    Note: this is also my first ever welding experience with a cheap harbour freight Flux welder

    I feel the expanded metal won't stay (bbq'd on it because we'll I couldn't wait to do something with it) it warped and doesn't seem like it would last I even had to add some square tubing for support and might replace it with 1/4 round stock but could use some input on this

    For hinges I snagged some 3/16 steel hinges from my old work and arched them over the expanded metal and seems to work well

    This was my temporary contraption so I could bbq on it and will be cut off just above this and to the tank seem to fit the fire box, this I am needing help on for the dimensions as It has just been a guessING game to this point.

    I'm haVing a particular problem with this corner not sitting in like the rest and assuming I could heat the door up and put two wedges and hammer the corner in but any advise on this would be greatly appreciated,
    I'm thinking of using 2 clamps on the bottom corners of the two doors to help seal it, what are you guys using for a gasket?

    So my main questions are
    •how can I fix the door
    • how big of a firebox
    • is my stack close to the right dimensions or does it need to be taller/shorter?
    • Opinions on door clamps
    • gasket
    And a side note I am debating on a Regular draw threw or a reverse flow firebox any input?

    Thank you and I hope this turns out half decent being my first post, I'm sure I forgot some and can update or post better pictures upon request
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dave is the guy you need helping you. Hopefully he will chime in soon.@DaveOmak

    There are several threads here that have the calculator you need for determining firebox size.
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  3. Most Ace hardware stores sell fireplace gasket rope for a dollar a ft.
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  4. Thanks, and I'll take a look at ace today on the way home from work,how should it be attached?
  5. They sell a glue for it, but I embed very small rivets in the rope itself.
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