This is a fascinating thread, and I'm blown away at the effort you guys are making to figure this out. Man, there are some good people here at this site. My 11 year-old son is in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, he has no use of his arms; but I am delighted by the thought of creating a smoker for those confined to wheelchairs. Smoking meat as a hobby has allowed me many hours of fun to spend with my son - it's why I got into it, to be honest. So, it's cool to me to think of the joy it will bring other handicapped people to be able to join in the fun of smoking! Bravo to all of you fine people!
That said, I have no brilliant thoughts to add to your design. You can bet I'll be putting my mind to it though. Interested to see how this planning unfolds!
Shirley 54 Stickburner, Weber 26 Kettle, Backlit Blue Thermapen (not street legal)