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oil tank vs propane tank effeciences? Does it matter?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24 10 3:52 am    Post subject: oil tank vs propane tank effeciences? Does it matter? Reply with quote

So I'm starting to come up with ideas for a cooker that I'd like to build this winter/fall. I'd like to build an RF unit. Something on a trailer, but not too over the top, as I don't need it to be an eye sore for the neighbors. And I want it to tow "nice".

I guess my question would be, for those that have played with both, is there a difference in efficiency between an oil tank (more rectangularish), as opposed to a propane/air tank (cylindrical)?

For an oil tank, would you rather it lay flat, or stand up? I'm looking to get the most cooking space out of it.

And say I'm looking at a 275 gallon tank, is a warming rack really needed? I'm not really looking to get into catering. I like being able to cook alot if I want, but it's not going to be a source of income for me. Right now, I really want to be able to make 30 racks of ribs at once, that is the main goal. And having extra room to roast some corn/ABTs, etc, at the same time is an added bonus (one that i think should be doable with a 275 gallon tank, no?).

So, thoughts? Opinions?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24 10 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used both, the propane tanks have thicker metal
then the oil tank. I keep the oil tank down south so
for me they both work fine.


This is the oil tank.


This unit is made from propane tanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24 10 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can get your paws on a LP, tank, I would say go with that.....

An LP tank is a pressure vessel, and is much thicker thank a fuel oil tank...

It will last longer, be better thermally.... AND the Ethyl Mercaptan, used to odorize the LP, is easier to wash out, than fuel oil....it dissolves in water for teh most part... a good washing or 2, a couple burns, then season, and you are good to go... a bit more involved in a used No2 tank....but, still workable....

BTW, this is my trade(HVAC)....

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25 10 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info! Basically, this is going to pretty much last me, so I'd rather build it the way it should be built, rather than by what's around.
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