I was going to build a 2x2sqx3ft pine smoker but i can get myhands on a 400litre oak whisky barrel and was thinking of making a smoker out of this instead. Im in 2 minds thou because im thinking its on the large side for what im going to be smoking in it. You see, ill only be smoking my salmon i catch, maybe 4 at a time between 3-15lb(before gutted)in weight. Ill maybe throw a chicken or 2 in, some cheese but this wouldn't be a regular thing Am i right in thinking that this is to large a smoker room for just what ill be smoking or would it be a decent size. Seeing as im a newbie, hopefully someone can clear this up for me. What would be the pros and cons for having a smoker this size. I as maybe thinking of putting a heating element in at the bottom, maybe a 1000w ring or one that burns gas, again, what would be the pros and cons of these 2. Ive seen some people(on internet) light their own fire inside a barrel, is this an option i should look into. I have quite alot of cedar dust left over from when i constructed a cedar strip boat a few years ago when i was routering the strips, is cedar a decent timber for smoking. Ive also a small amount of pine and ash dust, are these two timbers also ok for smoking.