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    Default 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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    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
    John


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    Default 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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    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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    There shouldn't be a problem if you fill it with water. That's a good tip about the hinges.
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    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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    Im buiding it for myself just a learning experience should be making money much as I have racked my brain Thanks JIM-TX
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    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
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    Thats what I had in mind when I started my build,I hope it looks half as nice as yours LEON2003

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    Here is some pictures of one I built and sold. It is an old propane tank 30" diameter has 2 meat racks and has a single 4' door with counterbalance. The firebox is 2'x2'. Unfortunately I did'nt get any of it finshed. I hope this gives you some ideas.
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