Water pressure tank BBQ

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by exhaustedspark, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Here is my project.

    I Water pressure tank. 24 in. across OD


    The bottom pipe is 1 1/2 in pipe. [​IMG]

    Now to cut the top off.[​IMG]

    Well the Foreman. Lady in the bottom right hand corner says i am doing it correct.

    AWWW H*#!!

    Went from 7 in. Blade down to 3 in and still have 6 more inches to cut.

    Have to put on hold for a few days until i can get to town and pu some more blades.

    To be Continued.


    This is what the inside looks like[​IMG][​IMG]

    It is 23 3/4 in on the inside accross.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2011
  2. [​IMG] We'll be watching this. Will it be a horizontal or a vertical smoker?
  3. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking forward to seeing your build!

    I've been wanting to make one too.. I have the tank but not enough time.
  4. It will be Vertical. I am going to put a ball valve on it and i think 3 3/4 in holes on bottom side up about an inch. I am still not sure on how large i need the vent /vents on top.
  5. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I will be watching.
  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome I love following these builds.
  7. By the way. Advice looked for and Appreciated.

  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We'll be watching!
  9. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome!!!!!  A UDS on steroids!!!! And a thick skin.

    If I can get caught up by the end of the holiday I will play with a few numbers and see what happens. 

    You may be able to use the fitting on the bottom for a ball valve, and have a multi-purpose air intake/drain.

    Right off the top of my head I am thinking its on the small side but it may do the trick. If you used an elevated ash pan. 

    Even if it needed more air. I think I would do the intakes into the bottom within the edges of the skirt. Then maybe have the ball valve below the curved portion of the tank. 

    Not that it will work or cook any better, but it would be sleek and stream line.....unlike a drum with stuff sticking out totally unhidden. 

    Another if it was me thing.....

    I would flange the lid before you get it cut all the way off. If you don't weld you can always use a light gauge steel and rivets to attach the flange.

    I also would not use a fire door. 

    These units will run for an extended period of time one a single load of fuel. 

    Alot of guys use the threaded bung fitting on top of the drums for there smoke stack. So I think 3" would be plenty for yours.

    Good Luck and pls keep us posted.
  10. AAAWWW Hell.

    The tran. went out in the car so now i cant git the parts and ball valve i need. I did pu the blades to finish the cut and i will be going to a welding shop in Chewelah Wa. to get the rolled flange i need. I think i will only make the one cut and lower the basket in from the top. Us PWT just keep plugging along.

  11. I plan on puting a flange all the way around so i have to cut of the top first. It will go inside the bottom part of the smoker.

    I do have a 3 in hole saw so i wil do that for the chimney.  I am not going to add a fire door. I think i will use a baskit to lower in to the bottom.  I am hoping i will be able to use for cold smoking using the amzs and for hot smoking using briqetts and wood charcol. hey i want the best of both world. I want it all.
  12. Got the blades i needed to finish the cut. I may not be very good at showing how to build something but i can sure show how not to do something. [​IMG][​IMG]

    I was using the side of my saw as a guide following the weld mark. I found out that is not a good idea because by the time i saw i was off on the cut it was to late.

    Now i have to decide whether to cut again only this time mark a line around or just side grind it down.

    I cant get the other parts until next month. The joy of living on SSD.

    To much month at the end of the money.


  13. It seems i have nothing but time. [​IMG]

  14. OK here is what i did today.


    I  am pretty happy with the results.

    The guy that made up that saying about Measure once and cut twice he had it bass ackwards.

    What can i say?


    I am much happier with this. I think i only lost about 1/2 in max.

    Now just to get out the hand file and smooth down the edges.

    Does anyone know of a Hinge that would work for something like this???

  15. On the pict of the inside you can see the bottom hole. That is approx 5 in across. So i can also use with out that in place My idea is to be able to use this with electrick , Gas, Charcoal. and Amazn.

    Like i said I want it all.  [​IMG]
  16. Welll i did some burning to remove some of the paint from outside.


    This is of course a work in progress as i dont have all the equip and i dont weld. So i got to make do.

    Here is another picture of the fire.

    I love fire.

  17. I have been giving it some thought and i think if i use the bottom hole for input i will be creating problems for myself with ash dropping. So i think i will not reinvent the wheel and put the inputs on the bottom edge up about 2 inches. Any thoughts on this would be app.[​IMG]

    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011
  18. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I had no idea that a skillsaw would cut that...Looks real good so far.
  19. The blades are called Masonry Blades and if you do it correctly it would take 1 1/2 blades. Make sure to draw a line and follow it as i said earlier i tried to use the side of the saw as a guide. I know as homer would say DUH

    I am going to also use it for an elect. smoker using the Cabelas element for that and while reading up on it to order i noticed all complaints were about the small wood chip tray.

    So i had a bundt cake pan and some eye bolts and washers and this is what i came up with.



    Some instructions for sawdust pans state to use you finger and put a hole in the center of the sawdust and we all know how much work that is. Also i did not want to have the center act like a channel for heat to the center of the uds so i killed 2 birds with one throw. Any thing from a coat hanger to a hay hook can reach in to remove. A lid can be built real easy out of an old pie pan if one thought it was needed.

  20. Here is pictures of burn. 4 cups sawdust. Approx 1 1/2 hr total. In future i will put on the grate and that will lift up the pan by 1 in.

    to slow down the burn. This is Dry dust. I also like to dampen my chips using water / wine.




    This is one efficient chip pan if you have room in smoker.

    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

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