Hi there, I have been a lurker for a while now and came across some materials to build a smoker for next to nothing. Everything used was free except the smoke stack that i got from a muffler shop. Have about $70 into it from blades, paint, the smoke stack, and a spool of wire! I used a $90 Welder from Harbor Freight that is flux core only, It has 2 modes of Min and Max with a speed of 1-10 that works off a 110. The welder also has a always on deal like a arc welder which took a while to get use to instead of on when trigger pulled! The welder was donated for the project as well so cost is zero on that! I have welded a very minimal amount up until now, I was given some advice/help on learning. Then practiced alot, even on the tank lol. It isn't pretty but I do have penetration.
That said, I have never smoked anything a day in my life, I simply used the 3-2-1 mention method and kept temps between 230-260 about 90 % of the time. The guides and sticky threads here sure help and keep people on track, as well as Feldons Calculator.
Here are the materials:
26 Gallon Tank
Fire Box - metal from a dumpster! (Yes we cut the back of a dumpster out that was being salvaged)
Legs - Jet-Ski freight container supports!
Wheels - Old Engine Stand Wheels
Handles - Old rebar from the trash!
Smoke Stack - Diesel Exhaust Pipe
Here are some pics...