Hello, just registered in the forum and have read a lot of good information here. I live in Ecuador, South america and I am remodeling my backyard and want to build a brick smoker, using wood charcoal as fuel. I am thinking about a couple of designs but it is a little confusing about the advantages and disadvantages of a Vertical design or an Offset design. Attached you can find the basic draft designs. In the vertical pit, as you can see in the drawing, there is nothing between the charcoal and the lower rack. Should I put sort of a horizontal wall with a hole between them to get indirect heating? I understand also that the offset design may give a lower temperatures to the racks, if that is the case, I don't know if this is a good option because I would like to spend 4 -5 hours smoking ribs but I won't like to b 8-10 hours waiting for them. Any suggestions will be appreciated Thanks.