I have received some great help from individuals here (Wes W and pjnla) when in the planning stage of a brick smoker so I thought I would share my story as I go. This will be an offset smoker with an additional access point directly under the smoke chamber to allow for easier clean-out and/or the use of charcoal for quicker/hotter grilling. A couple of weeks ago we poured the foundation, which had to be much beefier than originally anticipated given the frost line is around 36" up here in Northern Indiana. So we poured a 4' x 8' foundation with 40" deep footings at 12" wide... it can probably hold a house! Since then, I had the firebrick, face brick, fire clay, and type-n mortar delivered but it's all sitting under a tarp on my driveway... the rain won't let up around here! Hopefully we can find a dry day this week to get started but it isn't looking good so far.
A buddy of mine has cut me some stainless doors and steel frames. We got the frames welded up last week and they look great.
Here are some photos from the initial stages:
Here is the original plan I drew out.... but quite a bit has changed with measurements and brick being used so don't expect the final to look exactly like this:
The actual air intake will be build into the fire chamber door using a slide opening. I would love to hear some comments and/or suggestions regarding what people have used for the air exhaust (chimney). I am not sure what I will use for the damper, cap, etc...
Hope you guys find this initial post interesting and follow along as I pray this turns out well! I know there are a lot of experienced individuals here that have a lot to offer as my journey continues.