Several years ago I built a wind block for my chiminea, but after it rusted to dust, I put a fireplace grate in it and for the last year it's been a well protected firepit. Enter the vertical smoker and it's the perfect size to pull double duty.
When I want to use the smoker I just lift the fireplace grate out, drop in the smoker onto the galvanized car oil change drip pan and paver stones and go.
It was a bit expensive at ~$320 for the ~114 stones (not including the MANY trips to HD in my little Mustang to get them all) but it works REALLY well and I think it was well worth the money and effort.
Has anyone else make a wind block for their smoker(s) ?