Will short and thick do the trick?

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by wombat, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. wombat

    wombat Newbie

    I have the option of two different sizes of propane tanks to build into an offset smoker. The first is about 20" X 48" and would work pretty well with a traditional offset build. the other option is around 30" X 48" in length. It will give me a lot more room for comp cooking. I am a little concerned that the short cooking chamber length is going to be a PITA to maintain even temperatures (without resorting to RF). What are your thoughts on the 30" tank?


    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015
  2. brianlamb41

    brianlamb41 Fire Starter

    I've been trying to convince women that 'short and thick' does the trick for years.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Neil, My cooker is 24"x48" and the temps are within 5* from end to end. I have a Horizon type convection plate and it does the trick. If I had your choice, I would definitely go with the 30". Bigger is always better where cookers are concerned. Good luck, Joe
  5. wombat

    wombat Newbie

    Thanks fellas. I will start doing the calculations and put a design together. With regards to the firebox I'm tempted to run with another length of 30" tank which would see the bottom of the firebox about 15" below the CC. Is this getting too low?
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Round to round, when making the CC and FB can be a PITA as far as fit up goes... also, you lose room for the meat racks...

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