I began smoking meats in high school so that my friends and I could escape from our parents, drink, and smoke in the comfort of the backyard. I learned to love the art of smoking and began selling pulled pork out of my apartment in college years later.
Here I am, stil using the smoker I bought at Wal-Mart years ago and I'm ready to step into the big leagues with a smoker I can say I built (maybe the minor leagues, for now).
I'm still a student so on the cheap is my goal, but not to cut corners.
I have a friend in a machine shop trying to get two steel 55 drums, and I am leaning towards a horizontal smoker, smoke box below, grates ontop.
I have experience in soldering, but an acetalyne torch might as well be a magic wand to me.
Cheers, thank you guys for replies, or frowny face for not helping the rookie