I have been messing around trying to get a smoker to work for some time, and this is my latest idea. Any input would be welcome! My friend bought this thing on an auction. It was a homemade drop box for a large dance hall. He got it for 5 bucks, and thought I could use it to make a smoker. Sounds good to me! Here are some pics of the contraption before I start, and after I cut open the front for a door. My wife is about 5 foot nothing, so you can see how tall it is. I am going to use an electric burner which is a MECO replacement element I bought on e-bay. It is supposed to be rated at 1650 watts. I hope it is big enough, but if not I will find another one. I plan on putting a smoke pistol in for smoke and convenience. I know this smoker will make the purists sneer, but I just want it to be easy, and I can't find the time to tend a smoker for 12 or more hours. I plan on putting a piece of steel over the burner about 6-8 inches to protect it from drippings, or just make a tray of some sort. I have talked myself out of putting in a place for a water pan, mainly because the bradley and other electric smokers don't have one. Anyone want to change my mind? I am open for ideas! I should have room for at least 4 racks, and I plan on putting a stack with a flue on top of the unit.