So I've been lurking around here for awhile checking out people hard work and i finally had the opportunity to get in there and make my own. I work at a trailer manufacturer so i have ready access to reasonably prices metal and i have been learning to weld over the last couple of years. Also since we moved all of our now distant family decided the 4th of July would be a good time to visit and i don't/didn't have a smoker yet! So i got a little kick in the butt to jump in and get it going. I haven't taken many photos through the build as I am literally spending my 45 minute lunch breaks hauling ass on this thing. tomorrow i will be two weeks of lunch breaks into it and hopefully finish my racks and ventilation setup so i can bring it home where i wont need the plasma cutter or welder anymore. Heres what ive got so far... sorry for my potato phone This is the face of the smoker laying on its back without the firebox attached yet a week later or so and i now had the firebox attached and it grew legs also This is what i worked on today and i like how it came out. its 1 1/4 x 1/8 inch mild steel flat strap with a 1/2 x 1 1/14 inch punch this will be my fire grate. measures 12x22 My racks will be the same stuff as my fire grate but laid flat instead of on angles. Tomorrow i will have more pictures for sure and hopefully i will be burning it off while i post them!