I currently have a traeger little tex elite grill. I really like using it, however there is not enough cooking area. even with the jerkey/rib rack. I have been reading about people that are using the hopper smoker and converting them to an ugly drum smoker. I did alot of research and found some good ideas, however i have noticed alot of people are making smokehouses out of wood. Since my wood working skills are far superior to my metal fab skills I was considering trying that instead. Does anyone have any suggestions or reasons why this might not be a good idea (other than the obvious fire and wood). I thought a brick bottom with a wooden enclosure would probably be best. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.