Is 1/8" too thin?

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by jlthieman, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. I've been reading and lurking around here for some time now. Had an MES 30 until it stopped working on me. I've made a UDS out of a 55 gal oil barrel and I enjoy that regularly. 

    I have access to a pretty impressive shop, with a stick macine, a mig welder, a cutting torch, and a plasma cutter. I am no expert by any means.. I really want to make a horizontal smoker with a fire box. Undecided if I can pull of a RF or not...

    I got my hands on 2 16" diameter x 36" air compressor tanks, but the metal is pretty thin. Measuring with a micrometer, it reads .132" - just over 1/8"...

    Is this going to be too thin to make a smoker with? I can always make a square side firebox out of 1/4" or 3/16" steel instead, but will it maintain cooking temperature with the cooking chamber being 1/8" or should I toss it all together? What are your thoughts?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thicker steel holds heat and uses less fuel. The standard is 1/4" and many will sell an upgrade to 1/2". An option is using 1/8 with a double wall and 2" insulation, not uncommon either...JJ
  3. johnboybaker

    johnboybaker Fire Starter

    I made mine out of an old 275 gallon oval oil tank that is a little over 1/16 and heat managing can be a b##@h

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