I found your site while searching for information on smokehouse designs.
There is so much good information here, I've been too busy reading to post an introduction.
I am a backyard smoker. I live in the country and raise pork, beef, chickens. (Horses too, but not to eat)
My main cooker is a 7' horizontal (5' chamber and 2' fire box). It will hold plenty of meat and up to about a 75lb whole pig. It is a homemade smoker...I received it as a gift and have been very happy with it.
Anything bigger gets cooked on a cinderblock pit or in an underground oven.
I have just finished building a smokehouse for cold smoking....in the past I have used the barrel and trench method. The new smokehouse is 6'7" tall, 4' wide and 3' deep. If I can figure out how to post pictures, I will.
I have two smaller charcoal grills and a fairly large propane grill. I also grill on the horizontal pit.
Cooking with wood is my favorite way to go, but I still love the charcoal grills and the propane grill....I think I just like to smoke and grill, doesn't matter what I use.
Sorry this is so long! I'm not really that windy, I'm just happy to see this forum.
Edited by cowgirl - 7/25/11 at 5:58pm