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    Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    Hi Guys,

    I'm debating building a smoker from an air compressor tank but I first need to find a deal on an air compressor. I found the below 60 gallon air compressor listed for $100 online. Does this look smoker worthy condition for the price? Let me know!
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    I need to overthink how I'm going to overkill this project.

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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    I'd want something for free, like an old HW heater or even an old refrigerator...but I'm cheap.

    One of the local propane dealers has a huge backlog of old 100 gallon propane bottles that are out of hydrotest. Once when I was getting a BBQ bottle filled, I asked the guy what they did with the old bottles (I wanted one for a reservoir for compressed air in my shop) and he gave me one for free. From what I hear, they have trouble getting rid of them because nobody wants to mess with cutting them up for recycling or whatever.

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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    Depends on how thick it is. Probably needs to be 1/4 inch or more, not sure how thick compressors usually are. Most people use old propane tanks. I built mine out of 24 inch standard wall pipe (3/8") I bought from a welder at work, I gave him $100 for it.

    You should look on your local Facebook Marketplace.



    I bought this 250 gallon propane tank for $120, haven't got started on this build yet.


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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    Quit screwing with smokers and play more music! I mean come on.
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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    What does that smoker weigh made out of 24" pipe?

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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    A coworker made one from 1/2 of a 1,000 gallon propane tank and mounted to to a trailer. It's Yuuuuge!
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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtynails View Post
    What does that smoker weigh made out of 24" pipe?
    I don’t know, it’s pretty dang heavy.

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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    97 pounds per foot just for the pipe, it’s 53 inches long.

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    Re: Smoker Build from Air Compressor

    Yeah, sure. People build smokers from air compressor tanks all the time. Are you sure that's a 60 gallon? Looks pretty big. Those tanks are ASME certified and they have a tag that gives the wall thickness. The rounded caps are usually thicker. Around 3/16" +/- Might want to check the compressor pump, maybe it just needs a motor...

    I've got a little 30 gallon that I made into a vertical smoker when I was first learning how to weld. Works great for now about 8 years! The "medium" Big Green Egg grate fit it perfectly! I just got a 80 gallon tank to build another one.

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