Here's my thought - I have an existing shed, well grounded and full of 2x4's so I thought I could mount the new shed off the ground to the existing shed, with cynder (sp?) blocks under it. That would allow me to drill a hole in the bottom for a smoke intake.
I would use the 50 gallon drum modified as a smoker to pump in the smoke. Wouldn't I need some kind of metal plate surrounding the intake for heat purposes? I want to be able to cold smoke or medium heat smoke, so I'm thinking of using a damper type control at the smoker end. My neighbor, who is building the smoker part says he can install a damper control without a problem.
I would definitely use the dowel setup, for obvious reasons. My biggest issue with my current setup is, well, not enough room. I mean, if I'm gonna spend six hours smoking then I want to take full advantage of it. So, for an example, I have 30 pecan trees, if I wanted to smoke pecans I could only get maybe 2 quarts laid out on my current setup. Just not enough room. Not to mention my homemade cheese, flour for bread, other types of nuts, bacon, my cat.
Also, could I use the same stuff that you use on a dryer?
Anyway, be patient with me, I have no idea what I'm talking about here, but, in my own defense I always try to think outside the box, and am always open to suggetions. Thanks, you guys are the best!