Many, many posts of people building smokers from 250 gallon tanks. That's great, I would love to be at an event with hundreds of pounds of ribs. Seriously, that would be the best. But, if I am home alone for a few days, and while doing nothing all day but watching college football games I would like to cook up a half rake or a few pieces of chicken for the evening games. Start it up and then during the commercials tend it a bit, then back to beers and football. How would a small smoker workout. Would a smoker from a 30 pound tank work, they are 23 inches long and 12 in diameter. Pair it with a small fire box for charcoal and small wood chunks. I have a house on a steep lot, in the back the deck is 10 foot off the ground. Already have a gas grill for steaks etc. In this location I don't really have the place for a smoker which takes up 100 square feet. What's the verdict. Someone tell me how small I can build.