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Post by moparhack » May 18th, 2020, 9:24 am

So I am definitely an amateur smoking fan and have built a couple smokers in the past with 55 gallon drums which turned out really well. Not the best looking but the end results were always good. I have been looking here locally in Alabama for a 120 gallon propane tank to make a stationary smoker here at our lake house. Not having the best of luck so far and came across a post on here where someone said here in Alabama is a gold mine of tanks. I have found a few but way too large for my application. Any direction would be much appreciated.
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Post by towtruck » May 18th, 2020, 9:43 am

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I am not in your area but check for a propane supply company near you and ask them about old used tanks. I have a place a mile from me that refurbishes tanks and they have a giant pile of dead tanks. I can get tanks all the way up to 1000 gallon for cheap. I was quoted $75-150 depending on tank size.



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Post by moparhack » May 18th, 2020, 2:33 pm

Yeah so far no luck on that avenue. I have called almost every company I can find. I will probably have to just find one on a back road.



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Post by Big T » May 18th, 2020, 5:35 pm

I live in lower Alabama and the propane companies do not sell tanks to the general public unless it's a new tank. I've seen a few used ones here and there for sale but they usually want some crazy prices for them. I use pipe for my builds and I've had pretty good luck finding old pipe for a reasonable price. The only problem with that is that it's usually pretty rusty. Good luck!


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Post by ajfoxy » May 18th, 2020, 5:42 pm

If you have a reasonably sized steel fabricator in your area, you can get them to roll a round from a flat plate. Not hard for them at all, and you can have it to the size you want. And it's clean steel, no need for decontamination.


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Post by tinspark » May 18th, 2020, 6:28 pm

If the larger tank is reasonably priced, maybe U can just cut it down. You are already going to cut doors outa it. Use that line and cut off what u don't need, and add the bell back on. Or jus a flat disc at the end cut. Most guys like a square firebox, but.... to save coinage, u may have an option to put endcaps in the drop-off tank section and make the firebox outa it if you so choose. Of course you would need to check the firebox calcs and shorten it accordingly. There are a few other options with the drop material also... Sumpin' to think about at least,,

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Post by moparhack » May 19th, 2020, 8:28 am

All excellent options I hadn't thought of. Appreciate the input. I like the rolling option. Start fresh with clean steel at the exact side I am looking for.



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Post by Dirtytires » May 19th, 2020, 10:15 am

New steel is always easier to work with, in my opinion. Definitely can’t go wrong. Keep in mind that the sheet of steel is the limitation on size and most rollers leave a few inches at the ends that cannot be rolled. The short flat works nicely as a bottom.



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Post by moparhack » May 19th, 2020, 1:52 pm

I was thinking 5/16 thickness should be adequate?



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Post by Big T » May 19th, 2020, 8:21 pm

Anything 1/4'' and up works just fine.


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Post by dacolson » May 19th, 2020, 10:31 pm

I’ve got a steel recycling company near me that always has some tanks available. Touch and go on quality but worth a look. Also, keep an eye out for air compressor tanks. An 80 gallon tank is about 62” x 20”. Good smoker size for home.


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