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I had to replace my pressure tank in my house a few months back, and I saved the old one because I have heard of people building smokers out of them. Has anyone had any experience, advice or instructions? I have googled a bunch of stuff on it, and it looks like it could be fairly technical.

Any advice on how to go about building one?
 

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Galvanizing process uses toxic materials. When you heat it or weld it, it gives off toxic smoke.
 

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Its the zinc that gives you metal fume fever. Bad stuff that can kill you depending on your exposure levels.
 

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huntergreen said:
Is that what a pressure tank is made of?
I don't know if tank is made with Galv . You can sand some paint off and if surface has large flake like spots on it in different shades of grey then I would not use for that.
 

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Chief48 said:
The old ones were galvanized. Newer ones are steel with a bladder inside usually painted blue.
I believe that is what mine is. It is definitely blue and has a bladder.
 

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A buddy made one from an old vertacle air compressor tank. About the same process and size. He cut a door out of another piece of steel and bent it to match the curve and mounted it with hinges, then cut a hole slightly smaller than the door. Instead of racks, he installed hooks inside and hung what he wanted to smoke on hooks. he drilled a few air holes on the bottom and top. He made plugs for the upper holes from wood and just plugged a few of the holes if there was too much draft.

I have an currently unused outdoor boiler and thought about trying to convert that into a smoker by stacking some racks on cinder blocks inside the fire box and installing an old fashioned wood stove draft control on the exhaust.
 
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