moving forward, here are some of the things I know.
1.) 55 gallon drum, food grade, unlined if possible
2.) a 1500w heating element that I can purchase from most big box stores.
3.) using the 22in weber replaceable grates
4.) using either a cast iron skillet on the heating element with wood chunks to produce smoke or purchase some amps product.
Now, for my wish list.
1.) 2 cooking grates for a greater cooking capacity
2.) a side door for easy access to the lowest grate
3.) a weber dome lid so my top grate does not need to be 6 to 8 in lower than the opening of my drum
4.) dual therms for monitoring temps on both grates
5.) latch system on the side door to ensure a quality seal
My questions moving forward are mainly around the heating element and how to control the temperature. I have read about temperature relays but would like to find a solution that does not require an electrical engineering degree.
Finally, the cheaper the build, the better.
Thoughts? I appreciate any info/feedback.