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Vertical or horizontal

Post by Diggerg » September 1st, 2019, 3:22 pm

Just picked up a 12*32 compressor tank to build a smoker for the boys at work. Would it be better to go with a vertical or horizontal build. Will be using an insulated firebox



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Re: Vertical or horizontal

Post by towtruck » September 1st, 2019, 9:56 pm

12" diameter and 32" long? That is not much to start with for cooking space either way. I would go horizontal if that is the material I had.



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Re: Vertical or horizontal

Post by Dirtytires » September 2nd, 2019, 11:47 am

Horizontal.

Agree with towtruck that your tank is pretty small. You are only going to get 1 shelf that is roughly 11” x 24” which does not give you a whole lot of space.

That may be just what you want but keep in mind a bigger tank is roughly the same amount of work and money to build. One mistake we see pretty often is folks build too small a pit and then quickly outgrow it. Whatever you decide, we are here to help.



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Re: Vertical or horizontal

Post by Diggerg » September 3rd, 2019, 2:38 pm

If I find a bit of 24" pile then ill-use this as the firebox



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Re: Vertical or horizontal

Post by Diggerg » September 3rd, 2019, 3:28 pm

Dirtytires wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 11:47 am
Horizontal.

Agree with towtruck that your tank is pretty small. You are only going to get 1 shelf that is roughly 11” x 24” which does not give you a whole lot of space.

That may be just what you want but keep in mind a bigger tank is roughly the same amount of work and money to build. One mistake we see pretty often is folks build too small a pit and then quickly outgrow it. Whatever you decide, we are here to help.
I've finishedMy large gravity feed so this is just to do ribs and fatties for the boys at work
Thanks DT. I've finished



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