Hi, my name is Dale Bernier, I live in New Hampshire. I have been cooking for years. Just recently I have gained interest in SMOKING (Real Barbeque!) I watch the food network, Alton Brown inspired me to make a cardboard box smoker. Sounds crazy, but it worked. (The best pork shoulder to date!) Now, my brother and I are making a "custom" smoker. We are using a Weber Smokey Joe, and a 35 gallon steel drum. I was inspired by the Weber smoky mtn. smoker. I dont have the $$$ to purchase one, but I the materials to make one shouldnt cost $250. My brother works at a scaffold mfg. plant. He has welding knowledge and access to most of the materials needed. Stainless steel expanded wire screening for the racks etc. etc. Does anyone have advice for me? I am thinking of wrapping the smoker using automotive heat/sound sheild. Winter months are usually quite cold up here. I havent started the construction yet, I am still planning, and gathering all the needed materials.