Greeting from the North. Where to begin. Well, I work as a brick and stone mason on residential houses. Been working at it for 11 years now. I am a 30 year old privileged white male and am married to a white woman and we have three white kids... we live in an bungalow in a small town in Ontario. Pretty original eh? My skill level in grilling and smoking would be beginner level. We used to always smoke and grill when I was young but that was long ago. I am looking to make my own now that I have a house and room to build. Hobbies include but not limited to running a shovel, pick, and sledgehammer; playing with my kids; riding my motorcycle; working on the house or in the yard; and last but not least, spending time with the wife. I used to play bass guitar in bands but a somewhat recent injury to my hand has designated me to being a drummer. Now I mostly just play with the church worship team as time to practice covers or original material is just not there. Well I look forward to getting to know you all. I have been reading up and trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can before starting the build. The frost is quite a bit different here then say in NC. I think 42" is the frost line. I was just going to pour a pad and do an Argentine grill but realize that I would not be fulfilled without a smoker. Ug, already dug out a 28' by 22' patio so what is a 8' by 4' footing.