smoker?? Galvanized ok


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Old 01-17-06, 12:23 PM
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smoker?? Galvanized ok

is there any type tank that would not be best to use for a smoker.
will have a steel firebox..but just curious if this is something that could
be a factor.
 
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Old 01-17-06, 12:44 PM
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I wouldn't use galvanized. Why take the chance that those chemicals could leach into the food?

Plain old steel or stainless would be my choice.
 
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Old 01-17-06, 12:54 PM
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no galvanized . you shouldn't be welding it let alone cooking in it.
 
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Old 01-17-06, 01:24 PM
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thanks,, someone told me that but wasnt sure why.. I was just checking before useing this tank.. Thanks for the help
 
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Old 01-17-06, 05:47 PM
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mrblue,

I'll add to the voices that are saying no to galvanized coatings on food service equipment, especially when heat is involved.

A couple of other tips:
If you use shelves inside your smoker make sure you don't use old fridge racks. Many of them are coated with a rust preventative such as zinc that can leach into your food when heated.
Also, if you use a refrigerator as a cabinet you have to be carefull of leaving any exposed plastic. If your temperature gets away on you the plastic could emit hazardous chemicals.

Depending on how much work you want to do, large diameter pipes and even propane tanks, properly prepared, are fairly popular.
A lot of what you use will depend on what style of smoking you want to do.

My "smokin' story" is that I started with a Brinkman Smok'n Pit.
This unit uses charcoal as a source for heat and igniting the wood chips. Being a lazy person and because I could, I electrified it with a hot plate, heating element and thermostat.
This is not the set-up to use if you want to make a day of it but it automates the process and allows you to have a consistant product.
Before the holidays I found a high quality 24" wide commercial cooler and am now experimenting with heating elements and controls.
After I'm finished building my new one though, I think I will convert the Brinkman back to charcoal for a time when I may want to kick back and make a day of it.

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Let us know what kind of smoking you plan to do.
 
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Old 02-15-06, 05:31 PM
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No again

I am no welder but I do know a bit about metal and more about grills Galvanized metal is very toxic do not weld on it or use it for food The fumes will do damage to the body.
 
 

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