I’m finishing up my very first smoker build, no welding or metal working experience at all, but everyone on this site seems to make everything look so easy I thought why not. (Man was I wrong!!!) I started out by reading and researching every build I could find and decided on vertical reverse flows. Once I had a design in mind I started getting my metal and tools to get started. For the fire box I went with 7/16“ plate and the smoking chamber is 1/4“ plate. The frame is 1“x1” square tube, insulated with 1” mineral wool high temp from Zoro, and the outer skin is 16 gauge. This thing ended up being a whole lot larger than I though, but I have had a great time building it. Lots of sweat, bleeding and burns, but in the end I’m pretty proud of what it turned out to be.