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Old 08-02-2015, 05:20 PM   #1
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Would it be ok to build a smoker/grill from a galvanized tank if I did a complete burn on it? It is an old water tank. I have built a lot of them. I just never came up on one of these to build for a customer. I was wanting to check before I told them yes or no. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:23 AM   #2
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I imagine if it were seasoned properly it won't much matter.
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This is a common question on BBQ forums, resulting in plenty of opinions but few facts. Having used an acetylene torch and an arc welder on galvanized steel, I can tell you that both fumes and residue are nasty.

While the temperature difference between cutting/welding and grilling/smoking is large, will the temperature of the zinc coating remain below the point of gassing? The is also the chemical composition of, primarily, the galvanizing. What else is in there besides zinc?

For my personal use, I wouldn't. For someone else, AIN'T NO WAY! JMO.
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Great info there.
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That's definitely a good reasoning...
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Old 08-04-2015, 11:48 AM   #6
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Welding/cutting galvanized will poison you if you are exposed to it for to long. No I wouldn't make a cooking device out of and galvanized metal. I doubt you will ever "burn" the galvanizing out.
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According to another thread here in this forum it just might be possible. All you need to do is add some fire rated material, now how long to plan to cook with this thing, 1 hour, 2 hour, 4 hour..?
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IMHO making a smoker/cooker out of galvanized is a real bad idea. I'm not sure if you can do a "complete burn" that is actually complete enough. I wouldn't take a chance with my family and damn sure not someone else's. I've made a living as a welder and as careful as I am, I have been pretty sick a time or two messing with that stuff. Do both of you a favor and find some other material.
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no, do not cook in galvanized tanks, they will give off bad fumes, and constant contact with it is also not good long term.

what you can do though, you can strip the galvanizing off with a muriatic acid. then paint the outside with hi-temp bbq paint. you can also paint the inside with hi-temp paint, but run a hot grill for a hr or so to burn off anything that wants to burn off. std steel will rust inside out on a grill like this, but you could possibly line the charcoal area with some stainless sheet, etc.
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I don't know for sure if its safe. But I don't recall ever seeing a purchased grill where the specs include galvanized steel. I have seen them spec stainless steel, painted steel, ceramic coated steel, but I don't recall seeing galvanized steel.
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Ayuh,.... I do know weldin' galvanized steel will make ya sicker'n a dog,...

get a nose fulla the crap, 'n it'll outright Kill ya,....
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