After doing a whole lot of research, planning, re-planning, un-re-planning, and general head-scratching, I have begun my smoker build project. Thanks to my brother in law having a number of well placed local contacts, we were able to practically steal the 1/4" plate, plasma cut to my design. We've begin tacking the cook chamber together, and I'm really liking how it looks. Here's my CAD drawing showing the basic dimensions and design:
And here's where we're at right now:
While I tried to plan in as much detail as I could, we're winging it in some areas, such as support and wheels / axles. But I'm confident it will all come together.
The fun part of this one is that I'm going to make it a firearms themed smoker as much as possible. I will be using gun parts in the build wherever I am able, and I already have some dynamite ideas and parts in hand that I can't wait to show off here.
A great deal of the design of this unit came from this forum, mostly from my studying builds and sage advice from the likes of Ribwizard, DaveOmak, and MTMSeven. I'll post updates as we go, which will be sporadically as we both find time here and there to work on it. So feel free to follow along and let me know if you see me doing something dumb along the way.