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ever seen insulated oil tank(updated pic)
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treed
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 5:42 am    Post subject: ever seen insulated oil tank(updated pic) Reply with quote

decide I wanted to insulate my smoker after I did a test burn and temp outside was chilly, but the heat was escaping fast, so I insulated it with 2" mineral wool, and skinned outside with some cold rolled metal. Should hold heat now, plus it looks way cool

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry about first pic, I thought I resized it down
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is impressive work, treed - and equally impressive commitment!

I'm pretty sure I've never seen an insulated oil tank before. I'll be looking forward to reading how well that works out for you!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

most people probably wouldn't waste time on an old oil tank, but thats what I had on hand. For only 200$ worth of materials I said why not, if it works like it should I'll save money over the life in wood, charcoal, plus the paint should look and stay nice.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

treed,

Now you need to insulate that firebox. That's pretty cool right there. Let us know how it performs. Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

treed, I like it. Very Happy Man oh Man that is fine, I will be watching this one on your first cook wit the new and improved version. Very Happy Very nice work my man. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the share- nice work! Cool

I'd like to do that to my own offset and it would be fairly easy to do except for the doors.

The price of 3-4 sheets of stainless isn't gonna be pretty though! Wink Confused Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words guys, not sure how it's gonna cook but it sure looks better.

Yeah bbqman I went with cold rolled instead of stainless, sure would look pretty with stainless, I have some 950 deg sherwin Williams gloss black to go over it. And thanks for the idea of gas assist you did, I installed Wayne burner on this cooker as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11 11 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok guys need some insight, after insulating this thing the door weighs a ton, anybody ever use gas assist shocks for doors, would that work. Don't want to add some big heavy counterbalance on it. Any other options
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12 11 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

treed wrote:
Ok guys need some insight, after insulating this thing the door weighs a ton, anybody ever use gas assist shocks for doors, would that work. Don't want to add some big heavy counterbalance on it. Any other options

Yes It will work, and yes there are a couple of ringer on here that have used them.I haven't on a smoker yet though,but others have.It's fun to see your design I have been thinking about a design like that for awhile.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13 11 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might have to get some lift shocks and see if they work or not
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 11 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am planning a similar project and insulating the tank is an incredible idea. Because I am a newbie here and with fabricating ( a friend of mine is going to teach me how to use a MIG welder) I would like to know how you attached the rolled sheet metal to the tank. Any insight would be helpful to me. Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 11 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the dimentions of your firebox? your trailer? Did you use the calculator that was offered on this site? Are you going to build pull out shleves and if so how many? Please forgive my inquisitiveness. I really like your rig and I am hoping to incorporate some of your ideas into the one I build. Thanks again. (please feel free to holler on me if i am asking too many propriatory questions. I live in NY and will sign a no compete clause) Thanks again
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22 11 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To insulate I welded 1.5" square tubing length wise across the tank every 16", I then layed 2" mineral wool insulation between the pieces of square tubing, and pop riveted some 20 gauge cold rolled steel over top, sides were definitely the hardest, electric sheet metal shears made it easier.

The trailer is 6'x9', firebox size is 40"x20"x20" with 3 5" schedule 80 pipes that extend into cook chamber. I have 1 slide out cooking rack now that is 66"x44", I may add second one later. This cooker also has gas assist just like a southern pride or ole hickory smoker, with a digital controller for gas assist or a log lighter. Any other questions let me know, I bought 2 120lb gas shocks to help open door.


Mocking up my connector tubes(old pic)



pic of gas burner blowing into firebox
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24 11 10:17 pm    Post subject: insulated oil tank updated pics Reply with quote

I was able to get the gas assist shocks mounted on the door, they work better than I hoped. Can now open door with 1 finger.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26 11 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pretty much wrapping this project up, need to wipe it down with some acetone and give it a couple coats of sherwin willaims flame stop gloss black, also clean the inside out and oil it it up and see how the new insulation works. I'll see how she holds temp with just some lump charcoal and no splits first.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04 11 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1st coat of paint, need to apply 2nd coat



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PostPosted: Wed May 04 11 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, that beast is getting way too pretty - and the anticipation of the First Cook is getting intense! Laughing

Fire that beyotch up, treed!

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PostPosted: Wed May 04 11 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to check with my mailman cuz I don't see my invite to the inaugural cook.

Good job!!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 05 11 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoping to do another test burn shortly, need another coat of paint first. I need to have it done by memorial day. That sherwin Williams flame stop paint sure does look nice though.
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