Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for the tip.
It was a slow day at work the other day and I started searching around the web. I had 4 smokers: 1 large stick burner, 1 large and 1 medium propane and 1 small electric. The stick burner is horizontal offset, heavily modified. The propane are vertical, slightly modified. The electric purchased for when I just wanted to cook a small portion instead of for the week/month/season.
I started looking at vertical smokers as I like the design, they come closest to a rotisserie without having a rotisserie as you can get. I wanted to get away from gas though. Wood chips or pellets are nice, but not my cup of tea. I wanted to get back to a stick burner. I saw several that I really liked but they came with sticker shock. I've nothing against expensive ones, I paid a small fortune many years ago for my large smoker, but I like my money in my wallet anymore. I stumbled across this thread and started reading.
From the beginning I liked the look and layout. I liked that the OP of the thread thought ahead and looked at what was needed to make this smoker reach the next level. After reading I don't remember how many pages, doing other searches on this smoker and finding out the price I decided to pick this one up and make it smoker #5.
Now, due to requirements beyond my control, my work computer is stuck with IE 8 and having a 37" monitor at home, I cannot surf the internet on a phone. This meant that while all the other places online clearly showed they were out of stock, Tractor Supply was stuck on Alabama, but they did have a chance to have some stock. The closest TS to me was about 20 minutes out of my way home, but I swung by there anyway thinking I could get them to order me one. They didn't have one in stock, I didn't expect them to, but they did look up stock elsewhere and found some in Purcell (about 1 hour the opposite direction). Needless to say, a little over 2 hours later I'm pulling up at the house with a smoker. That I got it at clearance price is a bonus. (For anyone else interested in OK, they had 1 left there as of Sept 2)
I know the horror stories about dented smokers and what, but the box on this one looks pristine. I couldn't see anywhere it looked to have been dropped or dinged. It's currently in the garage awaiting the gasket kit to come in.
I'll document the assembly, the seasoning and the first cook as they take place and post back here. I plan on moving my Stoker from the horizontal to the vertical. I'll try to chart the temps on each rack on the seasoning over the entire time, and at least two racks on the first cook.
Thanks for the tip on this smoker. It looks to be a keeper.