500 gallon smoker build

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by lngliv3, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    This is going to be big
    Well I got my 500 gallon tank yesterday morning and the design stage is in full effect with Max effort .
    these are the demensions I'm thinking
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    .any help and input is much needed thanks all.... Tim
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014
  2. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    This is the 500 gallon tank from the place that builds them this one didn't pass it was ground down too much on a weld and was scrapped ... Yea to me I got it for 200$!!!!!!!
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014
  3. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    This is a picture of the tank before I parked it in the garage. .
     
  4. Nice !!!  that's going to be a big smoker,  do you cook for a lot of people ?

    Gary S
     
  5. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    The answer is no . Planning on doing a few cook offs next year . The only thing I haven't done yet is a whole hog . Well I wasn't sure a 250 was going to be big enough to do a whole hog . The 330 was what I was looking for but I would have had to buy new and this 500 was scrap at 200$ new so I took it I called at the right time and right day . I have been looking for 4 years to build one but could never find a tank .
     
  6. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    Well I started tinkering with the tank today . I have a question for recent builders what do you guys do with the 5 ports on the top of the tank cut them out and weld plugs in and grind them flat so the top is smooth or cut the legs off and roll the tank over use the bottom as the new top?
     
  7. Awesome tank.

    I cut them off with a cut off wheel and plug welded them flush. The feet let me set the tank flat and level on the trailer with no effort.

    I did have a little warpage problem with the 300 gal. Didn't with the 250. I think that my door cut was closer to the tank piercings on the 300.

     It can be straightened with a little thoughtful effort.

    This looks to be an interesting build.

    Dave
     
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  8. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    Ok guys I am thinking of something the 500 gallon tank I have is 120" in length is kinda long I think 84" shall be long enough was thinking of using my 36" drop for my firebox! Not sure how to figure out the area of both chambers please help!!!
    Also my plans are to use a stoker or a guru in this case my intake size would not be important .
     
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The intake will be important when you don't have electricity.....
     
  10. bob1961

    bob1961 Smoking Fanatic

    nice size tank ya got there, but only should have cost you bout 100.00 scrap metal price....
     
  11. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    We r getting almost 500 a ton scrap for structural steel shred is paying 328a ton so could not pass this up I have been lookin for a while
     
  12. lngliv3

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  13. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    Cutting the end off
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2014
  14. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    Well I got my 1/4 in sheet yesterday had it sheared to my ruff dimensions got it home and I think I'm going to have to rework my building process cause this stuff is heavy!!!!
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2014
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  19. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    Just a few pics to update
     
  20. lngliv3

    lngliv3 Meat Mopper

    Does the top of the firebox have to below the bottom of the rf plate ?
     

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