Hi, my name is Matt. I have a problem. I like barbequing too much! I have had a big green egg for about 3 years but have finally decided it is time for a traditional smoker. I like the egg for bbq, but am looking for a change. I found this forum searching for info on building my own smoker. You can see my thread in the referse flow section. I wanted a smoker that was built of quality and everything in the budget I wanted to spend seemed cheap so I figured I would build one. I am in the ski industry so I am about to have a TON of free time so this is this years project for my off time. The smoker is coming along and I hope to have it ready for Colorado Rockies opening day (baseball) which is an annual tradition for me. As you can see from my profile pic, I really like cars. Specifically old VW buses. I have owned 50+ of them but have held on to only one, the one in my pic. It is a 63 single cab, all original with great "patina." It has hauled over 1.5 tons of dirt at one point (not easy and I will never do it again). Anyway, thanks everyone for the help so far. Great forum here.