Well... I have done it! I completed my first smoker. I was inspired by the Stumps Smoker; though I don't want to say clone. I have used this forum countless times and thank everyone for posting pictures because it inspired me and helped me build mine.
My gravity fed smoker has an internal fan and wiring for hassle free electronically controlled temperature regulation. In can run on 12v DC or 120v AC. The steel cost me $800. The entire temperature system cost $50. I painted it with Rustoleum paint, the red paint is their 500 degree Ford Red Engine Paint, the silver is their 1200 degree Metallic Silver Ultra High Heat paint. I did this because I was concerned about that side panel getting too hot from the firebox. Results look great! I purchased the paint on Home Depot's website $100. It took 7 cans of red and 2 silver. The door handle is from a Viking Dishwasher that I bought on eBay for $40. The 1.5" ball valve is from Smokey Maple and is 304 Stainless Steel purchased on eBay for $35 (super cheap!). Red Casters were purchased from Home Depot in store (and they are super smooth). The final build cost was about $1300 and it took me about 5 months every other weekend to complete.
Of course I had to polish it off with my own logo cause it just turned out so great and works so great! The fan kicks on every half hour, boosts the fire and then shuts off. I have been cooking my pork butt at 270 for 8 - 10 hours and it's marvelous. Same temp for ribs but only 2.5- 3 hours in there. I put a pan of water on the bottom shelf, leaving me 3 shelves to cook on.
If anyone needs advise, help or links I am happy to help so don't hesitate to message me.
Edited by Goldman Smokers - 8/13/15 at 11:29am