Thanks to everyone for your help and opinions. It's hard to explain what my friend was thinking, but creating the device he was thinking is now not necessary. I appreciate the pictures of improvements that I will certainly make. I guess what I should do is try and convince my friend to just build me a smoker. He's a master craftsman and welder who has designed and built some very high end stuff that's been used on everything from the oil and gas industry to homes featured in magazines. My problem is he is planning on retiring soon.
Chargriller and a Backyard