After hanging around the site for a long time I finally started. I tried to smoke on my gas grill a couple of times and the results were as you know, poor. That is what I am after wasting money on the meat. I have been keeping up with this thread and decided to start my build. I have an endless supply of drums, so if anyone in Southern IL needs a drum let me know. They are food grade with the liner. I went with 3 - 1/2inch and 1 - 3/4 ball valve and will use the 2 inch bung.
All is left is to paint and smoke!