Well Im not really from texas Im a transplant. I happened accross this site looking for plans for a small foot print Vertical smoker. with just the wife and I theres really no need for a large unit. Gonna start looking for scrap sheet and tube to see what I cant make. wonding if Its cheeper to build then to buy as well. can I do better then whats out there in the sub $300 range, the way I see it is thats a lot of scarp steel. also Im sitting on a 55 gallon peanut oil drum right now. I just need to find a top for it from an old webber grill. any one have any idea there? also while reading I ran accross the A-maze-nsmoker. that looks cool and I have a bunch of 20ga pinhole mesh scrap from a prior project. thinking Ill make me one of those too. O ya Im a powerstroke tech. so for all you guys using a ford diesel to pull your smoker if yall need help just ask.