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    Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    I built a firebox out of a propane tank and some 4" pipe for my small smokehouse (pictures later). The firebox will sit outside and of course have fire in it. Is there a paint and primer that will hold up to the heat and the environment or will I often be repainting it to keep from having a rusty firebox?
    Usually I use Rustoleum primer and paint, I've never had luck with their high temp stuff on tractor mufflers so I can't imagine this firebox would be any different. I'm thinking I may just go for the vintage rust, so far I have no cost into this firebox other than a few beers, welding rods and a few hours in the evening and I don't want to put much into paint either.

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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    I have had luck with Rustoleum barbecue and grill paint. It is a little shiny until it goes through a heat cycle and it smokes during the first heat cycle.
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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox


    What primer did you use?


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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    Go to an auto parts supply and get some VHT spray paint. VHT stands for Very High Temperature, and is made to go on headers. It is made to withstand 1800+*. No primer involved with this paint, just be sure to follow curing instructions on the can for it to work. This will involve heating to lower temps, first and letting it cool before heating it again, just read the label. You will need to remove all the original paint before applying it to bare steel.

    That looks more like a Freon tank you have, not a propane tank. If so, it is a thinner metal than a propane tank.

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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    It is a propane tank, use to use it till I switched to the ones I can swap out at just about any gas station nearby.

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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    I used the bbq paint on bare steel, no primer.
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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdhunter1 View Post
    It is a propane tank, use to use it till I switched to the ones I can swap out at just about any gas station nearby.
    Look into paint for engine headers, if you need something for high temperature applications.

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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    I've also had good results with the Rustoleum BBQ paint.
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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    Rustoleum Barbecue paint worked well for me. I used it on a 6' long rectangular barbecue pit and it is still holding strong 4 years later.

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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    Rustoleum BBQ is what I will try. Thanks guys, will put pictures up after painting.

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    Re: Paint for a smokehouse firebox

    Look online for woodstove paint 10 or more colors and virtually lasts for ever.
    It is not cheap. . .

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