I know I am probably way ahead of myself here.... but I am kind of excited to get something going on this. I have almost NO experience with smokers or smoking. But I live on a farm here in Oklahoma, and I have Hickory and Pecan in good supply here on my property. When we are grilling I rarely ever purchase charcoal (lazy and too far to town)... I usually just walk a few feet from the house and cut up some hickory chunks and use them, they produce some awesome tasting meat (even though I don't know what I am doing....) (hamburgers, chicken regular grill stuff).... I love to eat smoked meat, and have wanted a smoker for quite a while... I have a well outfitted farm shop... and a couple of tools most might not have (A CNC plasma table, and an IronWorker)... and I like to dabble at making things from metal. I recently found on craigslist an older Oklahoma Joes Grill (has no firebox)... I haven't picked it up yet (tomorrow). I got it for $75, hopefully it wasn't too bad of a deal. I plan to add a firebox on to the end, and from the looks of it I will need to replace the grates.... I will post the pic's I have so far, as well as get new ones along the way.... hopefully somebody here will be willing to help me with ideas and advice.... .... Also, this is not really directly related to this post... but I also have an old 33 Gallon Sears Air Compressor (non functional), I have considered using it to make a smoker??? ................. The grill as it exists is a 16" pipe. I would like feedback on making the firebox square (rectangular, boxy)... instead of from pipe (just have more tools and stuff available to me for flat work). Also, I watched a video on youtube not long ago, a fellow had made a "pan" that held the wood chips, and had a propane burner under the pan (thick steel).... looked like it got the fire going easily and helped keep it constant... any feedback? Next... in the pictures, I notice no temp gauge, looking for info there, location... what to buy etc..... ...... I hope I am not rambling too much, and I hope it isn't overstepping by posting before I broought it home... just anxious!!!!