This might look like a dumb idea, but it actually worked pretty good.
However the dimensions didn't end up suiting me, so I'm going to just scrap it, and salvage all the hardware.
In order to use it on my front porch, I would have to put it all the way down on the floor.
Then the smoker would be too low for me to be comfortable using it.
I like it 2 feet off the floor. I was willing to let it down to 1 foot off the floor, but not 1 inch off the floor!
Everything else was basically scrap, so the only thing I really lost out on was the paint wasted, and my time, but I wasn't doing anything important anyway.
I wanted to make something to cover my MES 40, that would keep both bugs & mice out.
This is what I decided to make. It works, but I'm not happy with it having to be so low.
Going back to the way I had it set up before (Last Picture).
All scrap plywood I had laying around for years:
Screwing together with PVC on corners:
Made a platform board & covered with Aluminum for good seal & easy cleaning:
Nice tight seal (box to Aluminum):
All painted & ready for weather:
Cover in up position:
Pulleys holding Hard Cover All the way Up:
Not enough space above smoker, unless I remove the bottom support box, making it too low for me:
Looks a little like a puppet:
Good seal though---No bugs or mice could get in:
Gonna go back to this setup, but I will add my Aluminum covered Platform Board: