I am pretty new to the smoke'n scene....my only experiences have been with a "Little Chief" smoker my dad gave me years ago. My fascination with smoking was reignited a few weeks back after my younger brother brought his Bradley smoker along on our 4-wheeling trip. My experience with smoking was limited to the use of a "little chief" electric smoker. It required so much attention I quickly lost interest, then I saw his Bradley. I really liked the machine, the automation was great and my interest was instantly peaked. After getting home from the trip I immediately started researching smokers and initially decided the Bradley was for me. After further research, and seeing all those custom builds, I got the bug to do my own thing instead of purchasing a ready made machine. Before going further I should note one of my favorite hobbies is building machines so a DIY smoker seemed like just the right summer challenge for me. My idea is to build a "portable" electric smoker that can be brought along camping and such. I don't expect this build will be breaking any new ground or to create something that hasn't already been done a 100 times before. For this build my thought is to pull the best ideas from the various smokers available and incorporate these ideas into a single machine. Well that's enough talk for now....let me show you some progress pictures. The interior is all SS sheet, cut and formed to shape.