I know, Big talk for an Old retired welder from Idaho, a state famous for barbecue right? I am writing this post to explain how the mistakes I made in designing and building "MaGilla", created the best Barbecue Smoker in the world. I AM NOT HERE TO SELL ANYTHING! Just to present some concepts that may help with your build. My Wife Judy and I used MaGilla for several years, doing Concessions at Fairs, Art's y Fart's y Functions, Parties and Full menu Catering. There is a long story about how I came about designing and building "MaGilla" my smoker. If you go to the "MaGilla" blog link,, scroll down to see some detailed photos. I have made some minor improvements and upgrades since the original build. I can't sit to long to write so I have to keep my post short. If I get some response I'll try to answer all the questions I can.