I just ordered the big block off of amazon a few days ago. What I want to know is, how hot does the outside of the smoker get? My plan is to construct an outdoor kitchen. I haven't finalized the idea yet but I plan to take either unfinished kitchen cabinets and treat them or simply buy treated lumber and build the cabinets. Either way, I want to enclose my grill and GOSM Big block in it. Maybe this isn't possible but I'm thinking if I use some fireproof insulation material around the smoker and build a stack to route the smoke over the countertop it should work. I'm just worried that the sides will get too hot for even that precaution. any thoughts would be great. I can't wait to get this bad boy going.