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Old 01-11-2011, 06:53 AM   #1
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Default Pics of your propane tank smoker?

I was kind of coveting my brother-in-laws smoker the other day and mentioned it to my wife. My father in law has one too and ran into the guy who built it recently and they want to get me one for my birthday.

So the thing is I've never used one myself so I'm interested in what to ask for as far as construction goes.

I know I'd want some propane burners on the outside for pots and kettles.

Get an axle bolt pattern for wheels/tires that fits my FJ40? Or my Tundra? Or just cheap trailer tires?

What's yours look like?
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:28 AM   #2
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Don't have a cooker, but have built trailers. Not a bad idea at all to have same lug spacing on towing vehicle as on the trailer so both can use the same spare tire, however, as years pass you will probably wind up with a towing vehicle which has a different lug pattern. Plus now manufacturers are going to those 20 inch wheels. Unless you have access to a junk car (free) with axles and wheels it is simpler to go buy a commercial trailer axle with wheels and tires. Not cheap, probably in excess of $200.
Figure the weight of your project so you will know whether to buy a 2000 Pound axle or a 3500 pound.

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:51 AM   #3
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Default Re: Pics of your propane tank smoker?

If you haven't already, check out this site. Lots of ideas and PICS.
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/vi...f6d37741476bb3

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Old 01-12-2011, 03:06 PM   #4
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Thanks. I'll check that site out too.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:12 PM   #5
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Do you have a photo of your BIL's smoker.

I have multiple store bought and home made smokers and Really Like my Weber Smokey Mountain smoker best.

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Old 01-13-2011, 08:43 AM   #6
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Google this:

Ugly Drum Smoker

Pretty tight group of UDS owners out there. Most folks start with an old 55 gal barrel and go from there. There are several who have gotten quite carried away and made some impressive looking UDS

http://www.cbbqa.org/wiki/index.php?...ly_Drum_Smoker








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Old 01-13-2011, 12:03 PM   #7
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pssst......

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Old 01-13-2011, 12:09 PM   #8
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i've seen youtube videos... it must take alot of cajones to take an acetylene torch to a 500 gallon propane tank. you'd never catch me doing that. i'd rather buy one that someone else has cut up.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #9
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Very, very nice for sure, but i like having more space and have on more than one occasion needed/wanted to haul my smoker somewhere.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:34 PM   #10
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Default Re: Pics of your propane tank smoker?

Here are some, I have more, but they are on a memory stick I can't find right now.

It was roughly a two hundred pound tank, we used expanded metal from the grill, and their is a plate under the grill that circulates the air through the whole tank. The firebox is 1/4" plate with custom air dampers and a 5 inch steel casing for the exhaust stack.


we have some more work to do to it still.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:53 PM   #11
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:59 AM   #12
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here are a couple pics of mine ... I didnt use a torch, used a Angle Grinder with cut off wheels. Wanted to keep the door gap as small as possible. Its a reverse flow design, heats VERY evenly, works great. The Cabinets on either side are for food prep, storage, etc etc The long side now has a sink installed -



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Old 01-14-2011, 01:06 AM   #13
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:10 AM   #14
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Here are some, I have more, but they are on a memory stick I can't find right now.

It was roughly a two hundred pound tank, we used expanded metal from the grill, and their is a plate under the grill that circulates the air through the whole tank. The firebox is 1/4" plate with custom air dampers and a 5 inch steel casing for the exhaust stack.


we have some more work to do to it still.
Man that looks good.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:33 AM   #15
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Google this:

Ugly Drum Smoker

Pretty tight group of UDS owners out there. Most folks start with an old 55 gal barrel and go from there. There are several who have gotten quite carried away and made some impressive looking UDS

http://www.cbbqa.org/wiki/index.php?...ly_Drum_Smoker
I built an ugly drum smoker last year and love it. A guy can make some killer BBQ on the thing.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:50 AM   #16
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I know this is an older thread but thought I would add the one I built. Been wanting a UDS for a while also so I started one last weekend.

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i've seen youtube videos... it must take alot of cajones to take an acetylene torch to a 500 gallon propane tank. you'd never catch me doing that. i'd rather buy one that someone else has cut up.
i have cut them you fill them with water first it ain't know big deal your boots just get a little wet
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:45 AM   #18
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Here's 1/2 of a 1,000 gallon smoker we cooked on a while back.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:01 PM   #19
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Is that a smoker or a grill? Looks like fire under that meat. That thing is big enough to roast a whole cow. lol
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:26 PM   #20
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No fire there, just some hickory that was put in to dry out a bit (rain). Local guy had it at the shop and offered to make one half that size for me.

Since then I've debated a 500 gallon smoker because the most I can cook on mine is two butts and two racks of ribs. If I put a 3rd rack on it's too close to the fire chamber.
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