Hey. I stumbled across this thread while I was looking for a "patio size reverse flow smoker" on the internet. Funny what you find.
For me, it would be nice to have a big, honkin' smoker to bust out for when we have 50 people over, but that's once or twice a year. The rest of the time, it would be great to have a small, high-quality smoker that would be efficient and effective at smoking 2 chickens, or a few racks of ribs, or a shoulder, because it's just the two of us eating. Running though $10 or $15 in fuel, most of which ends up being wasted, galls the crap out of me.
Anyway, how did this experiment turn out? Were you able to finish the prototypes and bring them on line? How did they function? Etc, etc.
Thanks to all who read and contributed to this thread; a lot of great ideas were discussed. Happy smoking!