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120 Gal Compressor Tank Offset Smoker Build Updated 6-30-13
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Pappy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 3:06 am    Post subject: 120 Gal Compressor Tank Offset Smoker Build Updated 6-30-13 Reply with quote

120 Compressor tank found on Craigslist for $75
Some pics are a little out of order - but you get the idea.


Free 4'X6' trailer from Brother-In-Law


Cut off motor mount & feet




Made our own hinges






Cut doors & weld on hinges














Handles, 2nd door & straping






























Chimney elbow








Beef up trailer bed & cut legs for smoker
















Lifting rings




Lift smoker & set in place
















Install chimney

















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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Build.... I just scored the same size tank, I'mm looking forward to seeing your progress. What do you plan on using for the fire box?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are making a 2" thick insulated firebox. Inside dimesions are 20"Wx 20"Hx 24"L. 1/4" Plate on the inside & 1/8" plate on the outside. Front & back are 1/2" plate steel.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job, really enjoyed the pix...keep up the good work and keep the pix coming!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy, your cooker is looking awesome very nice work so far. Very Happy I look forward to seeing some more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should mention that the guy in the pictures is my son, Huntin Smoke. We are building it together. He does all of the welding. I do what he tells me to do.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12 12 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great build!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13 12 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking really Good Guys keep the pics coming.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17 12 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy, you and Huntin Smoke are doing a great job on the cooker. Going to be nice when its complete Very Happy The welded on door strapping looks good. The welded on strap makes for a true fabricator look. The ones that are bolted or riveted on look more like something you buy and assemble from Wal Mart Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17 12 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrailerBuilder wrote:
Pappy, you and Huntin Smoke are doing a great job on the cooker. Going to be nice when its complete Very Happy The welded on door strapping looks good. The welded on strap makes for a true fabricator look. The ones that are bolted or riveted on look more like something you buy and assemble from Wal Mart Rolling Eyes


Too bad I put to much heat into one of the doors and warped it. We were able to get it bent back with in reason but it still bothers me.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17 12 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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TrailerBuilder wrote:
Pappy, you and Huntin Smoke are doing a great job on the cooker. Going to be nice when its complete Very Happy The welded on door strapping looks good. The welded on strap makes for a true fabricator look. The ones that are bolted or riveted on look more like something you buy and assemble from Wal Mart Rolling Eyes


Too bad I put to much heat into one of the doors and warped it. We were able to get it bent back with in reason but it still bothers me.

Save it for a frustration day. Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17 12 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pappy you and the boy are doing a nice job..hope he does not bark to many orders at you Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18 12 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maniac wrote:
pappy you and the boy are doing a nice job..hope he does not bark to many orders at you Wink Wink


Maniac I was always the gopher and the tables have turned. Now I get to give out the instructions and tell the old man what to do. We actually work really well together and both like to analize what we want to do and what to do next. I broke down and bought the air dampers online for the fire box. We tossed around making them ourselves but I was able to get two 7" dampers laser cut from 1/8" plate for $25. I couldn't pass it up for that price. I would have spent hours makeing a template out of wood and cutting them out with the plasma by hand. I also won't have to make my gopher grind them till they look right. Below is the style we are using.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18 12 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy, you and Huntin Smoke are doing a bang up job. Very Happy

Keep up the good work, looking forward to updates. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18 12 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy...looking good so far Very Happy Huntin Smoke...sorry to hear about the door pull. I have yet to figure out how these other builders are able to fully weld their strapping on without turning the door into a fubar case. Stitch welding as you have done has warped more doors on me than i care to think about. As k.a.m. mentioned, save the fix for a good temper tantrum / frustration moment and whack the p!ss out of it. Shocked Understood on the store bought damper, many a backyard builder has gone this route for that design, you made your own hinges so the builder gods have probably forgiven you Wink Laughing Looking forward to the rest of the build
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19 12 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless wrote:
Pappy...looking good so far Very Happy Huntin Smoke...sorry to hear about the door pull. I have yet to figure out how these other builders are able to fully weld their strapping on without turning the door into a fubar case. Stitch welding as you have done has warped more doors on me than i care to think about. As k.a.m. mentioned, save the fix for a good temper tantrum / frustration moment and whack the p!ss out of it. Shocked Understood on the store bought damper, many a backyard builder has gone this route for that design, you made your own hinges so the builder gods have probably forgiven you Wink Laughing Looking forward to the rest of the build


We didn't have any problems on the first door but the second door warped. I noticed that my welds are a little closer than the first door and I was able to weld it faster since we knew what we were doing on the second door. I think if I would have slowed down and let the weld cool a little longer in between stitches I would have been better off.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19 12 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and when times get tough, you can always go with... Twisted Evil Troy?...nevermind, whack the p!ss outta it, it'll fit Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22 12 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put trailer up on jack stands & leveled sideways & front to back. Took the tires off the axle so the axle could be removed. Cut the axle saddles off the axle an welded new ones on the othe side. Re-installed the axle under the spring instead of over the spring. We picked up about 4" in the height on the trailer.








Made the cap for the chimney with a adjustable handle. Leading edge of cap has a extension to help keep it dry in the rain and in the closed position while driving down the road.










Cut and installed the bottom grate angles. We are going to have a second set of grates 7" above the bottom grates.

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Added 2 drain valves to the food chamber. One at each end of the tank.


Welded in couplers for the thermometers




3" Thermometers




Eyebrows for the thermometers










Finished tracks for the upper row of grates



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30 12 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pappy, the cooker is coming along nice man. Looking forward to more pics and updates.
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