Minimum size smoker for whole pig

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by socalcooker, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    A friend wants me to build him a reverse flow to do a whole pig. I rhino the biggest he would do is probably 100-125 pounder. I have a 100 gallon propane tank. I think it's 6 feet long and around 24 diameter. Will this be big enough? I have no experience with whole hog cooks. This would probably be trailer mounted.

  2. nwbhoss

    nwbhoss Smoking Fanatic

    I think I would be able to do easily do a whole pig in my 500 gallon smoker my rack space is a total of 7'x 3' but much smaller and I don't my think it would have enough room
  3. pcjack

    pcjack Smoke Blower

    I am watching for input. Been wanting to do a whole pig in my 120G RF.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd have to do a piglet in my Lang 36.

    If I could find a small one I for sure would like to try it.

  5. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I don't know if this helps.
    Pig & pit guideline
    A 10-24 lb hog is 23-30 inches long
    A 25-40 lb hog is 30-36 inches long
    A 41-60 lb hog is 36-44 inches long
    A 61-85 lb hog is 44-48 inches long
  6. 24" diameter ain't gonna make it for a full pig of the size you mentioned. Twice that would be closer to the mark, I think.
  7. shaggy smokes

    shaggy smokes Smoke Blower

  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How will he put it in the pit?

    Racing style or butterflied?
  9. socalcooker

    socalcooker Meat Mopper

    We would remove the grate put pig and and then put the grate into smoker. After some research and talking to a few competition cookers. I'm using a slightly larger tank still 24" diameter. But according to them I should be able to fit a 100 pounder in there racing style or butterflied if we remove the shanks and possibly head. More than likely we will do a smaller pig in the 60-80 pound range. I'm building the smoker still, will post pics when done.


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