Well after my propane plan got nixed for liablity reason I had a nice door open up and I now have a supplier for my 3 barrels that I need brand new form Trilla Drum in Chicago. The sweeter part what that I found out that ACE sells the BK150E for $60 and the BK50E for $30 and I can order them in and I would not have to pay for shipping. That is $55 cheaper them getting it right from vogelzang. I am using this site and plans for my over all plan but I do not like all the idea and I want to make a few improvments. I am just wondering before I buy if they will work. http://www.mikesell.net/smoker/ For the racks I am just not liking them. I am just wondering what else could I use for material. My one idea I want to try is making it so that I have more then one rack. That way if I put a few slabs of ribs on I can stack the over each other and just have them drip on each other. Looking at the pictures I think I should be able to do about two more half racks in the back just for this that I can take out when not in use. I am thinking of the metal that looks like this but I am not sure how well it will work or if I need to paint it or just leave it raw metal: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX For the hinges I want to use door hinges so that way on each hing I can put on the the adjustable door stoppers instead of having the door lay aganst the vent. Around the cut areas around the lid or door opening I am thinking of runnung some sealer like silocone or something with some give to help give a little better seal. I know this might sound very weird but I know for this smoker I get to use wood and not lump coal. I have to say I am not sure about one thing. What is the best way to start the fire up? When I look at the opening there does not seem to be a lot of room. Does anyone else have any tips for this smoker? What I am happy about is that I should be able to keep this under $300 for the full project. I should be getting the barrels in the begging of October so I hope by mid Oct to have this thing up and going.