[UPDATE] This started out as a thread asking for a size check on a planned backwoods clone. Since my original thread was long and boring and didn't really start any meaningful discussion, I'm removing that body of text and replacing it with this update.
I ended up abandoning the original plan, and after a while went back and started a small build (around a G2 Chubby) which is currently still in progress (see pictures a few posts below).
I did two modifications to the backwoods design which I hope will work out well: a) I'll be using a full size hotel pan for water, and I open space in the front where the water pan can slide in and out. This way I can check on water or add more water by only having to open the firebox door and not have too much heat/smoke leave the cooking chamber, and b) Instead of a separate heat deflector that slides below the water pan, the bottom of the cooking chamber itself will act as heat deflector. I'll make sure the water pan sits a little bit elevated from the bottom of the cooking chamber by placing it on a couple of steel tubes an inch max in height.[/UPDATE]
Edited by Massif - 6/29/15 at 5:47am