I'm finally upgrading to an actual smoker (moving on from moded charcoal kettle grill). I really like the Dyna Glo offset vertical Charcoal Smoker for the price. I have looked into all the mods that people recommend... sealing the fire box and smoke box with high-temp silicone and Nomex tape, adding a baffle off the firebox to divert heat into the smoke box... I also came across an extensive mod on here where someone moved the the chimney the the back of the box and down towards the bottom. I was wondering what that would do to improve this and if is a worthwhile mod. Seems like an easy enough mod but will it benefit me at all? Some other areas I can't seem to find advice on is insulating the inside of the smoke box. Most people say the metal on this is pretty thin so I wasn't sure if it was necessary. I saw some guy lined his with foil but I'm not sure what that would actually do as far as providing additional insulation or if it was to keep it clean. I was also thinking about making a cover for the outside out of a welding blanket which would be an easy insulator. Lastly, I've seen issues with the top of the firebox getting too hot apparently and causing the metal (or paint) to react and bubble or chip off. I was thinking of reinforcing the inside of the fire box (mainly the top) with sheet metal and securing with rivets. I don't have a welder so Rivets were the best thing I could think of. Should I be worried about the rivets and the heat from the fire box? any other suggestions would be great. Also, I have looked into other smokers and understand that the WSM is a good smoker. However I specially want an offset and the Dyna Glo has more smoking capacity. Plus I am a believer in modding average products to their fullest potential. thanks for all your help. I will post pictures as this project progresses.