In the Dallas area and just bought a Brinkman Trailmaster vertical smoker from home depot. Favorite meat to eat is ribs, although right now I have a lot of beef (just bought a calf with some buddies). I have a lot of roast, a few briskets and short ribs if anyone has some good recipes to share. I decided to go for a cheaper set up to work on my method before spending too much on a longer lasting pit. After reading around on the forum some I see the need to possibly make some modifications to my new toy to create a better seal. I bought the last one in stock so it was already assembled and seems to be assembled pretty well. I hope nobody recommends I take it apart and start over. I plan on doing a few dry runs to see if I can control the heat for an extended period of time. Any recommendations on that process as well as some cheap additions I can add would be appreciated. I dont know how to weld but have a buddy who has the equipment and knows enough to be dangerous, his work its pretty but it can get the job done if needed.