Afternoon, I just got back from a trip to Kansas city and cannot get bbq out of my head. I have always loved it but eating at LC's and Jack Stack gave me a new appreciation and addictive taste. I have never smoked anything accept a cigarette and I am not very mechanically incline, but I work at a fab shop and have access to start building my first patio size reverse flow smoker with the help of a very good welder. I don't know what size to start with, but I prefer rolling 10 gauge or 3/16 Hard plate to buying a tank since material is free. I have four kids and we have birthday parties all times of year and it would be nice to have a meal besides hot dogs and hambrgers. Plus my kids love bbq so it makes life easy. Thanks for the help.