Hey everybody! Since joining these forums I have a couple of smokes under my belt using my dad's little vertical electric smoker. Now that I know this is something that I will enjoy I decided to fix up the old charcoal smoker/griller my dad was going to through out in the trash. It is a Wal-Mart imitation of the little CharGriller with side firebox.
This is the front view of the side firebox after a little bit of sanding.
This is the front view of the main cooking chamber.
And the inside views:
I am planning on taking the whole thing down to bare metal and repainting the outside. I am also going to install a baffle, replace the cooking grates, and extend the smoke stack down to the grate level. Finally, I am going to replace the thermostat and add some wire baskets to the bottom, then build a charcoal box for the side firebox.
When this is all done, I am hoping to be able to switch between wood chunks and lump charcoal for smoking so I can try my hand with both types of fuel. If this project goes well, I am planning on adding a large Char Griller and a vertical charcoal smoker to my collection.