I was looking into making my own smoker out of concrete. After scouring through this site I discovered smokehouses and other smokers. Im not looking into buying a metal or gallon drum smoker as they are out of my price range but I am interested in building a smokehouse. My question is are there any benefits of perhaps an off set smoker/grill , upright smokers, vs a smokehouse? I notice almost everybody smokes using a metal smoker whatever it may be. Negatives I can think of if I build a smokehouse are that a smokehouse is big and thus would take longer and require more wood to heat up. But Cant I make a smaller smokehouse that would fit my needs (a smokebox per say), or perhaps the smaller frame increases the chances of it catching on fire? Just wondering if there are benefits that id be missing out on if I decide to go the smokehouse way. From what I understand it shouldnt be too hard to make the smokehouse a hot smoker. Since I am looking into building my own obviously buying wood would save me more money than buying and welding metal (which Id have to pay someone to do). Just wanted to get you alls input. Thanks.