Hello Everyone! I picked up what I believe was an early Brinkmann Pitmaster Deluxe. I spotted it in a yard on the way to my mother in law's house. I ended up getting it for $40. I've done most of my smoking on a bullet style brinkmann which I modified over the years. I had been waiting for a proper offset smoker to start on for years. I've had gigantic smokers in the past, but I've since sold them. What I'm looking for now is a smoker that's big enough to do a few large briskets at a time, but isn't a gigantic bohemith that eats wood like a bonfire. So, begin project. Here is how I found it. After I got it in my shop, I looked it over and it was good enough to use it as a foundation. Hit it with wire wheel and it doesn't look too bad. I measured around the circumference and got a solid 10 gauge reading all around. Initially, I was interested with the firebox side door, but it became clear that the door gaps were a little ridiculous. I could have welded a flange around the door, but I opted to weld it up quick and dirty and move on, I'll cut the hinges off and finish the job tomorrow, more than likely. I also cleaned up the vent and lowered the gap by flattening out the firebox (it was warped). Now it's nice and tight. Okay, so where am I going with this thing? I spent my Sunday with my caliper and mic gauges and input the smoker dimensions into my CAM program so I can plan out what I'm going to do. Here's what I have so far: [if !supportLists]· Baffle and tuning plate rail + plates to control the temperature differential [if !supportLists]· Typical dual gauges [if !supportLists]· Slide-out cooking surface [if !supportLists]· Drop smoke stack to cooking surface [if !supportLists]· Wrap-around table bib [if !supportLists]· Pneumatic tires [if !supportLists]· Longer legs [if !supportLists]· [endif]Bottom Shelf [if !supportLists]· Charcoal Box Here are my first drafts on what I was considering: And with the grate removed, the tuning plate design: I do intend to raise the smoker up about a foot from the factory height. I'm tall and I really hate bending down peeking into a smoker. I'm sure I'm not the first one to hate that. I still have a lot more to do, but I'd love any input on what I could do further to improve the smoker.