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  • Anybody like ribs?

    Since I'm getting rid of my Jeep I am going to have to have something to grind on for a while. I have started work on my trailer BBQ smoker and am going to post up like a build thread so here goes. If anyone has done this and has comments, pics or suggestions post em up.

    After I picked up my mammoth 250 gallon propane tank and slid it out of the bed of the truck doing even MORE damage to my tailgate than already is there the first order of business was to lop one cap off with the assistance of my wifes cocker spaniel.....I didnt realize tanks are THAT THICK!! Now so you all know, from what I hear, cutting propane tanks is dangerous and should only be performed by proffesionals... which I am not. This one has been sitting vented for 2 years and been filled and drained with water a couple times. I filled it up with water and made my initial cuts with the tank full, then drained it and finished cutting.

    Here is the pre cut marking for the smoke box.

    And today came home to make the cuts and 3 cutting wheels and 2 saw-zall blades later we have this.

    Next time Im just going to fill up the oxygen bottle in my garage and cut with fire.

    Now its off to get cardboard to make templates for the smoke box. I will basically seal the cooking area from the smoke box and cover the smoke box with metal. I will put vents and dampers to control the temperature and how much smoke flows from the box to the cooking area. I found a boat trailer today and will be modifying it to the smoker. I also am planning on a sink, propane burner or two, wood storage and cabinets on the trailer.
    Last edited by joshcarlegis55; 06-29-2009, 05:25 PM.

  • #2
    Getting rid of your JEEP! That's sacreligious!

    Not sure where you are located at, but when you get it all done, tow that thing my way and we'll give it a test run!


    • #3
      just a dream

      every time i see one of these tanks i cant stop thinking of how to make a submarine out of it, proably be like a jeep "just empty every pocket", i still have mine 74 cj5, but wouldnt a sub be cool


      • #4
        Cool Project,
        I would love to see the work in progress,



        • #5

          my father has asked me to build him a smoker very similar to this, do you have some plans or dimensions or anything that I might be able to use to get me started?



          • #6
            Basically just cut the cap off at the weld. Then went 18" in from there at about 19" from the bottom of the tank. The door is gonna be the next figuring and Ill post that when I get it. If you got questions or need ideas about procedures email me at and Ill help when I can. Once I get the door figured out Jim Ill try to draw something up for you to help.

            Here are my measured and drawn templates for my smoke box work. Now I just have to finish cutting them out and pretty them up. Then I will put them on the sheet of metal and cut with a plasma torch and hope I dont set myself on fire. Notice all the scribble lines..... Dad says measure twice and cut once. I measure, draw, cut, cuss, measure, draw, re-measure, re-draw, cut, get new materials, cuss, measure, measure, cut, drink a beer..... perfect

            Last edited by joshcarlegis55; 06-30-2009, 08:35 PM.


            • #7
              thanks man I appreciate it



              • #8
                Do everyone a favor and Resize your Photos in Photobucket before posting them up. 640x480 is a decent size and not too big.


                • #9
                  Delivery Service?

                  Let me know when your up and a smokin' and I'll place my order..


                  • #10
                    To all of those wanting some cooking... You buy the fuel and beer and I can drive anywhere in the country! On a sad note, I was supposed to cut my templates and metal out for the box on Thursday but my Lab was hit by a truck wednesday night and I had to put him to sleep on thursday. It was an extremely difficult thing to do since he was my best pal and hunting partner and only 5 yrs old. I will be beginning work on this again soon but until then I will be missing my buddy.



                    • #11
                      Sorry to hear the sad news Josh. No matter the situation loosing a pet/friend is a rough deal. Good luck man, maybe building will help ya keep your mind busy.


                      • #12
                        Josh, This is not the news that I was expecting to see when I opened this post to see the progress on your smoker grill. I to am sorry to hear of your loss and offer my heart felt sympathy! We all miss our pals that donít borrow our tools, nor drink our beer, who are quick to clean up what falls from our grills. The oneís that donít laugh at us as we cuss after the cut we made using the short tape on that final cut we all have. The oneís, the only explanation they need are a pat on the head! Yes they are truly missed. When Time permits Iíll be looking forward to you progress. Youíre motivating me into starting mine
                        This is the last one I completed.
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                        • #13
                          Well Im back on my feet and at it again. I cut 2 plates for my smoke box today and ran out of metal to do the end piece. Next is to cut the door on the plate going in to the cooking area then weld her up. (I just figured out how to shrink so the next ones will be smaller)

                          Not real scientific door measurements but no one will see it.

                          Last edited by joshcarlegis55; 07-10-2009, 04:18 PM.


                          • #14
                            Really sad to hear of your loss, but I thought I would pass along this good info in hopes of cheering you up.

                            If you truly want to find out who is Man's best friend....your wife or your dog????? lock them both in the trunk of your car for a hour. When you open it, see which one is glad to see you!!!



                            • #15
                              Finishing up the fire box doors.... this project is going a little bit slower than I had wanted.... but its tough to motivate yourself to work out in the hot Alabama sun if you dont have to.

                              The gaps in the flat stock will be where the round stock is welded to the door for the hinges. I am going to do "L" type hinges.


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