Hey Smokin NW, what vertical smoker did you get that burner off of? That is a fantastic idea and now I need to do that to mine. Wish I thought of that one.
I love the whole idea of smoking but sometimes the wood tending and charcoal / lump management is just a pain in the ass. For ribs I think temp control is #1 and I have a swing of 200 to 280 degF or so and I have made all the mod's to my BTMLE and still have issues. Plus the time it takes to keep checking the fire is killing my yard work :-)
I would just order that vertical smoker burner from the Mfr and also get that xtra ash pan from Brinkman.