I have some extra brick laying around my yard and was tossing around the idea of building a vertical smoker out of it, but I don't think that I want the whole thing made out of brick. After looking at all the wood smoker builds, I think that I want to make a brick and cinder block firebox and then have the upper smoke chamber made out of wood. So, on to the questions at hand...
1) Is there a certain volume difference that I should stick to between the firebox and the smoke chamber? I am thinking about having a 2' x 2' x 2' smoke chamber and not sure how big to make the fire box. I'm going to be using coal to fire it since wood is damn expensive here.
2) Is there any reason that I shouldn't use cedar fence pickets to skin the inside of the smoke chamber? It would only cost me like $20 in fence boards to skin the inside, another $20 for the outside and a few 2x4's to frame it. This will end up being cheaper than my char griller pos..
I haven't been able to get anything done lately due to mentally planning out what I want to build. If I don't start building soon I may go crazy. I don't want an offset firebox after the char griller because of the pain in the butt it has caused me. I know that a better insulated box would transfer the heat better, but I like the idea if a smaller footprint since my backyard is pretty small.
Making your own smoker is part of the adventure! Nobody to blame but yourself if things go wrong, and only you to praise when things go right =)