Just posting a Hey, Howdy to everyone. My name is Chris but my friends call meâ€¦ Chris. I've never actually used a smoker (hence the title). I'm in the process of building one out of my old hot water heater (50 gallons) since I just had it replaced two days ago. Iâ€™ve had problems trying to find blueprints for the smoker and the stand which is what led me to this site. I know the basic idea, cut a few doors out here, add a fire box, put a smoke stack, etc. But if I can learn from someone elseâ€™s mistakes, thatâ€™d be great. Otherwise, I'll have to wait a while for another free hot water heater since this one has a fifteen year warrant. My uncle has been smoking meats for years (mainly brisket) and I figured now's the time to start doing some myself. I've been grilling for quite a while and tried the smoke box on the grill but I wasn't really able to smoke the meat like I wanted to. I will appreciate any/all advice that you can give me. Let the learning begin!