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  1. #1
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    Default starting a new/first build

    looking to start my first smoker/cooker. what are some pro/cons of doing a dual purpose rig? 250 gal fuel tank

    I want to do a side fire box what's an ideal size fire box?
    2 doors or 1?


    guess I will start with that

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    What is a dual purpose smoker ?
    What are the dimensions and shape of the tank ?
    Will it be a regular offset or a reverse flow ?

    Knowing this info will help make it easier to help you with your questions.

    This is a great site to help you with your firebox size, exhaust size, and a lot of other calculations you will be needing with your build....

    http://www.feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html
    Jim

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    I can't help ya with that, never done it before. Others here should be able to.

    But it seems you are new here. How about giving yourself a proper intro in the Come on in forum? Give us all a chance to get to know and welcome you.

    Thanks
    "Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken."
    Tom, smoker of meats and fine cigars
    UDS, Vicking grill


  4. #4
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    Check out this site it's a pit calculator. It gives you size ratios for everything associated with your build as long as you got your basic measurements. You can also play with the numbers to see what works best for you if you have a certain size in mind.


    http://www.feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html


    good luck can't wait to see your build!
    Webber performer deluxe
    Cinder block smoker
    Cabinet smoker
    Gravity feed 36x24x48 coming soon!

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by BYBBQ View Post
    What is a dual purpose smoker ?
    What are the dimensions and shape of the tank ?
    Will it be a regular offset or a reverse flow ?

    Knowing this info will help make it easier to help you with your questions.

    This is a great site to help you with your firebox size, exhaust size, and a lot of other calculations you will be needing with your build....

    http://www.feldoncentral.com/bbqcalculator.html
    I say dual purpose cause I want to be able to use it as a smoker and large bbq grill.

    it is a round 60"X 39" steel fuel barrel.

    what is the Benfit to doing reverse flow? I was thinking regular off set

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    Reverse flow allows you to get more even and consistent, temps across the entire cook chamber vs a traditional you have to fight with tuning plates and you have a "hot zone" by the fire box and a "cold zone" by the exhaust. Which it also has its pros and cons to it too.

    This is just a quick basic difference between the two I don't want you offset guys to jump on me.
    Webber performer deluxe
    Cinder block smoker
    Cabinet smoker
    Gravity feed 36x24x48 coming soon!

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    Where is the grill portion going to be ? will it be inside of the main smoking chamber ?
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by BYBBQ View Post
    Where is the grill portion going to be ? will it be inside of the main smoking chamber ?
    It will be inside the main chamber want to do a double door thought of doing either one side or both not sure yet

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    Where is the firebox for the smoker going to be ?

    Have you ever seen a cooker built this way ? If so please post a pic.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by BYBBQ View Post
    Where is the firebox for the smoker going to be ?

    Have you ever seen a cooker built this way ? If so please post a pic.
    The fire box is going to be on the end I have not seen one built this way

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