Originally Posted by caseydog
I would build a long prep table against the wall -- with a sink, if possible. The smoker could sit centered on the patio, kind of like a kitchen island.
2' deep table + 3' access between table and smoker + 2' deep smoker puts the smoker out at the edge of the 8' uncovered portion and puts the smoker near the access path to the gate.
I can think about putting step stones to train people into taking an alternate path to the gate, but the direction of swing puts them back towards the smoker.
Will see if I can work up a sketch of that idea to get a better picture of it.