What gauge metal CGSP vs 55 gallon drum?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by howufiga, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    I've been thinking about building my own smoker from scratch. I really liked the 55 gallon horizontal someone just recently build. What is the gauge metal of a 55 gallon drum and the CGSP?
     
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a UDS and a chargriller. While I haven't measured them, I think they are roughly same thickness (though I could be wrong). The problem is, it takes quite a bit of reinforcement when you split a drum down the middle to make it sturdy and leak proof. Personally I'd go with the Chargriller, or use the drum but keep it upright and uncut.
     
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup... what Geek said. [​IMG]
     
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don;t know what gauge you ordinary drum is but using alot of metal studs in my day I would say that they are about 20ga. or so maybe alittle less. Like Geek said you will really need some good bracing to make it hold up. But for what you will spend and then install bracing I would just look into buying maybe an old propane tank cause they are very heavy and would be a work perfectly for a smoker.
     
  5. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    I have a CGSP, but was thinking of building a smoker from scratch. If that's the case I won't bother. I think I'm going to go to the local scrap yard and see if I can find a nice large propane tank to use. thanks guys!
     

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