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  • Makin grill from butane tank

    Well here goes my first attempt,hope I can,I see them everywere how do they cook?any advice? Post some pics of yours pleeze!
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    Last edited by HOTROD; 09-20-2008, 05:56 PM. Reason: Add on

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    Best advice, mike sure that tank has been cleaned of any Butane, usually caustic dipped, prior to doing any cutting or welding on the tank. I know most people know this, but I would feel bad if something bad happened and I didn;t say anything.

    That said, tanks makes pretty good barbeques. Depending on how advanced a cooker you are, you could look to putting a box on the side to hold the coals to make for indirect heating. If you are going direct only, look for a way to increase or decrease the heat by raising or lowering the coals. Also, vents to let in air and vents to let out exhaust

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    • #3
      tanks

      Either fill it with water or purge with Nitrogen gas prior to cutting into the tank. It does not take much butane/propane to give you very bad day!

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      • #4
        I've got an old tank hiding behind my shed awaiting it's fate as a smoker, just gotta find the time to giterdone. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was nervous about cutting it. my plan is to fill it with water.

        If you are making it a smoker, consider making it a reverse flow smoker. My understanding is that they heat much more evenly. For the doors, I've read to cut them out about 90%, tack the hinge on, then cut the last bit of it. You get the door perfectly aligned that way.

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        • #5
          There shouldn't be a problem if you fill it with water. That's a good tip about the hinges.

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          • #6
            Yeah, purging before flame cutting,pretty important. Or else,"But where is the earth shattering kaboom". -Marvin the Martian/Looney Tunes

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            • #7
              Grillin

              To late I already cut doors out! I geuss this will be my PROTOTYPE

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              • #8
                i would start by making a nice angle iron frame to hold it up at a comfortable bbq'ing height and go from there..maybe a tray along the front to hold your sauce, brushes, etc...a table on the side to hold some plates or whatever..maybe a shelf down on the bottom of the angle iron frame..you can cut some vent holes and use some flat bar to make a slide so the vents can open or close however much you like..I would just start with a frame and get creative from there.

                As for the hinges...just tack the cut pieces(doors) in place how you think they would line up originally and then tack/weld your hinges. Cut the tacks you used to line everything up and should work perfect.
                Last edited by albertawelder; 09-27-2008, 02:18 AM. Reason: To add a point

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                • #9
                  Thanks ALBERTAWELDER sounds like a starting point

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                  • #10
                    In regards to fitting the doors, I use flat bar tabs about 2" long (4 on each door) with the center of the tab at the edge of the door with the tacks about 1/2" from the door edge.

                    You can then just drop the door into the opening and it won't fall in and will be flush and easy to align. Stick a couple of spacers in the bottom gap and fit/weld your hinges. Then remove the tabs and tacks.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the input Marcel Bauer sounds like youve burned a rod or 2! Can you send pics of some of your smokers or grills?

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                      • #12
                        Built for somebody else and mine had to be left behind when I moved some years ago.

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                        • #13
                          I've done 2 grills from old butane tanks so I'm not too high on the list of "expert" grill makers, but I've trimmed the edges of the doors with 1 x 1/8 flat to cover the gaps. You can bend it by hand to fit. Grills are fun to make unless you are trying to make a profit on them. They are time consuming but I've enjoyed building them. Sorry, no pics right now. I can get a pic of the small one, 32 gal. The big 250 gal is where I can't get a pic of it anymore.

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                          • #14
                            Im buiding it for myself just a learning experience should be making money much as I have racked my brain Thanks JIM-TX
                            Last edited by HOTROD; 09-29-2008, 11:09 PM. Reason: forgot to say thanks

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                            • #15
                              When we build a pit, the top and bottom of the doors get cut first, tack the hinges, cut each end, ck for no binding, finish hinge weld. I generally add 1"x1/8" around the doors.
                              Here is a pit SIL and his bud built (w/my supervision) from a discarded propane tank, fire box is 2'x2'x".
                              Have fun
                              L*S
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