A guy who lives about 25 miles from me brought me his smoker to rebuild. It was made 2 years ago by another builder 4 miles from my shop. the firebox was 54% of needed, and mounted in the middle of the tank, stack was too small, Door hinges in the wrong place so no door seal across the top. He has had it for 2 years,and could only cook on the first 18 inches of the tank from the firebox, there was so much creosote inside the cook chamber and on the grates we could not scrape it off with putty knives, I was scared of having a house type chimney fire while working on it so I started by having the cook chamber and grates sandblasted.
We had to remove the tank side tire and fender to cut the tank loose to raise it so the proper size firebox would fit.,Junk Firebox on cherry picker
Fbox air inlet
Lifting tank to new height with cherry picker
Tank up on blocks to make new mounts
Fender and tire off to cut brackets