new build of a reverse flow smoker(pics)

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by unclebeef, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    hello all,UNCLEBEEF here. i was lucky enough to score a 250 gallon propane tank. i successfully burned off the propane and opened up the tank.then removed the paint and started work on a plans are to build a reverse flow with two doors that will function as debating on materials for the grates should i use round rod or expanded metal? tell me what ya think, any suggestions? im also thinking about using 10ga sheet steel for the drip pan/baffle. anyone out there build one similar?
  2. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Wow. That's gonna be badazz man...

    I know I will use expanded metal and angle iron along the edges for my shelves/racks...
  3. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Will you have to license that thing as a trailer to legally tow it anywhere?
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    10 Ga. is a little need really. 12's plenty...14 MIGHT twist... but a little reinforcement and I bet it's fine. Expanded is the way to go..lighter and also easier. Just be sure to get like a 12 Ga. in that. Or..again. reinforced grates.
  5. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    thanks PINKMEAT! im like a kid in a candy store dreaming up new ideas and trying to improve on old ones. yeah ill have to register it. here in colorado you can call it a ''homemade'' trailer and tell them an approx. value. they base the cost of the plates on leaning towards expanded metal for the ease of completion, but i think the solid round may hold up better.
  6. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    I would think the solid round would require some heavy duty support, but if you have a plasma cutter, I bet you can weld as well and you're up to the challenge :)
  7. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    hey RICHTEE what do you think about welding the baffle in all the way around(water tight ) i may try a water pan or flavor it with applejuice or?
    yeah PINKMEAT i can weld. if you know someone who welds buy a welding helmet and watch them while they do it. you will pick up little tricks alot faster when you can SEE what they doing and a good used machine is normaly reasonably priced. just took a couple more starting the layout of the doors.
  8. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    My single door was a pain to line up. Maybe it just gets easier with time. I used painter's tape, then spray-painted a little, and removed the tape to leave a line to cut on...worked well for me.
  9. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    im just using the tape as a straight edge. then ill use a silver colored marker ,then ill remove the tape and use a flexable metal straight edge to guide the plasma not going to completely cut the doors until i have some hinges tacked in place to hold everything square.
  10. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You obviously know what you are doing!
  11. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Out here in the sticks we have to use grinder with thin metal cutting wheel. 1 blade $4.00. Plasma $1500.00. Great looking rig. Look forward to final pics and post. Please show more photos along the way. Thank you.
  12. ncdodave

    ncdodave Smoking Fanatic

    My dear uncle.... Its your nephew from California long lost yes! I want one!
    lmao! nice looking rig cant wait to see its progression.[​IMG]
  13. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    long lost nephew is that really you? do you remember the $500.00 dollars you borrowed? im waiting!!!! ......just kidding[​IMG] thanks for the thumbs up. ill get to work on it tommorrow and keep posting pics.
  14. ncdodave

    ncdodave Smoking Fanatic

    That had me falling from my chair! excellent reply! Good Luck on your project!
  15. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking great!

    Whats the diameter, 30" or 24"?

    Can't wait to see more!! When you cut the doors, take your time so as not to overheat them which can warp em. If you leave a little metal uncut on each side (which would mean the door won't fall out), then let it cool and finish all the cuts after "tacking" the hinges of course:)

    By the looks of your work so far, I think you probably know that!!!

  16. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    what part of the sticks ya'll from round here plasma most of us have 1 just for backup like a spare $4 blade
  17. rdstaples

    rdstaples Newbie

    How do you know that all the propane is empty and it is safe to cut.... I can get the tanks no problems...
  18. catman

    catman Newbie SMF Premier Member

    Will ya be willin to share some drawings or some info on the specs for someone that don't have a clue on how to build one. Just talking about the smoker, allready built some trailors and such. Heck i really don't know what reverse flow is all about but i would like to know if someone is willing to educate this hillbilly. edit done a search found a description of a reverse flow.
  19. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    smok'n steve, its a 30 in. dia. ive read some of your previous posts and thought your door idea was pretty good ,so thats what im planning to good thing about my plasma cutter is speed, you can cut fairly quick and avoid heating up the metal too much.
  20. unclebeef

    unclebeef Fire Starter

    rdstaples, propane being a GAS is lighter than water.when you have the tank empty and the valves removed you can fill it with water FULLY until it spilling out of all the holes on the top of the tank.while its filling youll be able to see gas vapor being pushed out of the tank. second i siphoned about 15% of the water and added a heavy industrial powdered soap similar to boraxo to the tank and drove to work a few days to let it agitate and slosh and spill out of the top holes.then i drained the tank and left the bottom plug out,added some dawn dishwashing liquid that advertised odor control and spent about ten bucks at the car wash steaming the inside.after all that i hooked up a shop vac hose to the exhaust of a truck and filled the empty tank with carbon monoxide, to further eliminate any flammable gases. then i cut, i had no problems. hope this helps

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