Thanks for the welcomes and replies.
I have a mig welder and a shop to weld it all up in but I also have a buddy who does large steel structures and such with a much bigger welder so he and I may tackle it together and build two.
As for the type of smoker to build.
I have always liked the offset but have not cooked on anything else so I have no idea.
I at one point tired to call a localish to me builder and see if he would rent me smokers for a few days at a time so I could try out the different styles.
I would say I don't mind babysitting my smoker but one I could set and forget would be cool.
I prefer to cook around 250-275 but the temps fluctuate lots on my COS even with baffles added.
(its cheap and thin)
I have always used charcoal with fruit wood chunks
I am a small volume kinda guy but the ability to do more at a time would be nice.
for instance. I can only fit 6 ribs on mine if I squeeze and shuffle them around
would be cool if I could get say 10 racks and have space for brisket, shoulder, or chicken.
If I could build or buy one that would fit whole hog that would be kinda nice too
I will get to some more reading and poking around on here.
Here are a few pork snacks I have done on my smoker