water heater smoker

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by rcullison, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    ive recently been given an 80 gallon commercial water heater. im wondering if its worth the work to turn it into a vertical water smoker
  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Fire Starter

    I am interested to hear replies......long ago I had a 250 gallon water heater I got rid of...never thought of it.
  3. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Sounds like a nice, big insulated space. How would you get grates in and out of it easily?
  4. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    Thats just one of the questions ive got on my list. Im hoping to find out more about the internal part of the tank soon. ive been told they have a ceramic lining in em.
  5. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    water heaters have a fiberglass liner in them and that is a PAIN to get out of them. sometimes the bottom of the heater has about 6" or so of lime buildup and you need to account for that. i cut open one recently and had to chain one end to a pole and hook a truck to the other end and jerk it apart with the truck. there are usually multiple heat exchanger tubes on commercial heaters so you have to cut them also and remove them..... in other words your prolly better off to scrap the waterheater tank and try to get something else. that's what i did.
  6. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    thanks alot. its kinda what i thought
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would say that they don't make good smokers cause if you strip all the insulation away you should find that the tank isn't very big. Someone else had that same idea a few monthes ago and they found out the same thing.
  8. rcullison

    rcullison Fire Starter

    The tank size was a concern too. Ive already built my smoker using a 55 gal. drum so i wont gain enuff space to make the effort worth it. thanks again

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