Hello from Idaho, yes Idaho, Not Iowa, or Ohio. When I went to grad school and told others where I was from, they asked if I were a foreign exchange student. Though not widely known, you can mention our state in reference to potatoes and suddenly we're recognized.
When I was a kid, this area was a lot more “wild”. I always had a fishing pole, shotgun and rifle in my vehicle. Now days, while this may still common in rural areas, it is not in the more urban areas.
My first smoker was built by my buddies and myself when we were still in high school. In those days, game fish and fowl were readily available and we started just because we wanted to cook something different, the smoker was an old refrigerator we out fitted with a hot plate. After moving out of my parents I still found space for a “Lil Chief” smoker (kind of a smoker with training wheels). My friends still brought me everything to smoke for which I charged them ½ the finished produced.
Married, children; the usual routine, but I still smoked meats. I have a Smokey mountain series gas smoker and have the same policy for family and friends; I will smoke for everyone in return for half the end product.
Others started to become frustrated when they were bringing me more thinks than I could fit in the smoker. Now, they proudly bought me a larger, homemade, stainless steel smoker. Though it was a great thought, I feel this smoker lacks some basic elements, and I need help to make my family feel as though they made a good purchase (for all of us).
I have photos and diagrams for anyone willing to help with the modifications.