I like to BBQ and lately more and more I find myself wanting to grill everything in sight. I'm wanting to build me a project too while I work on my bubble gum, err, welding skills. I've been thinking of a nice (the goal anyway) pit for my regular grillin' (steaks, fajitas, ribs, chicken). Right now I'm using the typical $50 charcoal round gril and it's wobbly, chincy and will die by next summer. I like to make jerky and I do that with my plug in dehydrator. I think like anyone I'd love to have this super-duper awesome grill that would cook a cow if it roamed in there. But it's just us two here and I gotta be realistic :tongueout: Anyway, I been wanting to try my hand at smoking some jerky. What do I need to know? What kind of pit design should I consider. I would like to try to build something myself. I've been needing a reason to get myself a welder. Ok I'm rambling now but throw me your ideas and what's worked for you. I'll be headed to CC this month and I'm finally going to bring home a load of mesquite. Dad was up here last week and he was eager to get me stocked up. I'm thrilled to say the least but my mind is going crazy with the possibilities.