Never built a smoker before, I've never even used a smoker before. I decided to build my own for some strange reason. I love to grill and tailgate, so I'm used to making large quantities of really good food, smoking meats was just my next logical step. I saw someone's else build on a different website and it looked easy enough so I thought I would have a go at it. I used the vogelzang barrel stove kit, both kits for each barrel cost about $100 total. The barrels I got for free from my uncle that works for Valspar making paint resins. The barrels had food grade coconut oil in them. Biggest problem was the lining, boy that was a pain in the back cleaning out.