...which motor had burned out and the tank about to be hauled off to the recycler but was rescued and turned into a bullet smoker by some guy. well, that guy is me. my name is Mark and the project took me twenty years. I know, long story! I live in the L.A. area (SGV) and have been a golf cart cleaner, pizza delivery man, photographer, stagehand, carpenter, and welder all throughout the years. just about any combination of the above had granted me the wisdom, a creative mind and a bunch of skills that helped brought the beautiful 4-plus foot tall smoker to life. and not a day goes by (ok, a month) that I haven't been proud of my achievement. after many years of being a backyard fireplace: recently converted into this: now it is this: there are still some kinks needing to be worked out such as figuring out how much lump coal to use and how wide open the dampers at the bottom need to be. so far, as of the past weekend I started using it to smoke some mahi mahi steaks over the hickory chunks. this SMF site is the place I found while researching recipes for smoked fish. thanks to you guys, the fish came out great and delicious! but why did they taste a bit like smoked ham??? haha then later that day I kept the smoker going and threw in a boneless rib roast. 2+ hours later... this turned out great! I'm ready for the next project! btw, who wants my 3-burner propane grill? haha I hope none of you do. keep on smokin' on!