first time building a reversflow smoker.

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by que616, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Hello to all. I'm new here and could use some guidance. I have a 250 gallon propane tank I'm turning into a smoker reverse flow. And would like a idea of what metal ill need to make this happen? Any advice is helpfull
  2. qwikrnu bbq

    qwikrnu bbq Fire Starter

    Hello welcome from a fellow Michigander! Is this going to be a stationary build or on a trailer? A rough sketch or a few pics of what your after (something similar) will help a lot. At minimum you will need some expanded steel for cooking on, some angle to frame it in and hold it in place,some 1/4 inch plate is needed to build the fire box and reverse flow plate. Something for a stack.You will also need small things like handles and hinges. These are typical (thickness of steel style of grates etc,) as I can think of at least a hundred different ways of building it. We need to know more about how YOU want it. Take the time to look through the builds section to get a few ideas. There are a lot of great ideas here, some basic and some well, a little more time consuming. Any questions, just ask. A lot knowledgeable folks here.
  3. One sheet 4'x8' , 1/4" thick hot rolled plate.  (approx $165.00)

    One sheet 4'x8" #9 x 3/4 flattened expanded metal  ( approx $45.00)

    Three sticks (21ft each) 3/4" x 3/16" wall angle (approx $ 12.00 each)

    One stick (21ft) 1/8" flat bar, 1.25" or 1.5" wide ( approx $10.00 each)

    Four ft of 6", 3/16" wall pipe  ($30-$40)

    That should get you started.
  4. uga fan

    uga fan Smoke Blower

    Wish I could find metal that cheap!!
  5. Tampa bay steel is the bomb. Once I found out that most of the other steel distributors buy from them, I started going straight to them.

    I recommend spending a little time on the phone calling around and comparing prices, think this will be true in most places as well.
  6. bishgeo

    bishgeo Smoking Fanatic

    No kidding I paid $30 for a 17x48 piece they wanted $250.00 for a sheet.
  7. I think I actually paid $152.00 or something like that. Most of those prices I rounded up. The expanded is less than $40., I do know.

    Alro steel wants $60 some bucks for the expanded, and the 1/4" plate is over $200. And their stainless is three times as much. Chapman is way up there as well.

    I feel like a kid in a candy store when I go to Tampa...

  8. uga fan

    uga fan Smoke Blower

    I just paid $212 for a sheet of 1/4" and that was the cheapest around. Some places were over $300!
  9. I'm sure, the farther from a port, the higher the price, just like gas.
  10. pettybilt

    pettybilt Newbie

    We buy steel from Pennsylvania steel at work. They have the best prices around. Worth checking in to.
    They're not just in PA.
  11. Hi and thanks for the advice! I will be putting up pics of my progress as I go.

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