hi All, I am writing from Minnesota. Over the summer, my father and I tried to make a smoker out of a 55 gallon drum (smoke chamber), a 35 gallon drum (fire chamber) and some old stovepipe we had laying around. It was a pretty slick looking unit, and we used it to successfully destroy about 20 lbs of venison sausage. I decided to give it another shot and actually learn about the art of smoking instead of reading a recipe and just winging it. And what better way than by asking the folks who probably have walked the same path as i am now to try and gain some perspective. I am currently starting over and I am using a Little Chief to learn about smoking with a more consistent heat source than fire. I may try the monster smoker creation again someday soon, but not until i learn how to churn out some good stuff with the little chief.