This is my first Instructable so don't laugh.
Hopefully by the end of this you will be able to build your own BBQ smoker out of some barrels. I believe this smoker is called an offset drum smoker. With it you can smoke meats and foods. It uses charcoal and fruit wood as fuel/smoke. This requires a lot of welding and cutting but if you don't have a welder you may be able to rivet it together but since I think rivets suck I weld things.
Step 1: Preparations or Step 1
This is the first of many steps where I boss you around and tell you things.
First off to build one just like mine you need some barrels. I found my barrels at some barrel company and they were the floor models in the showroom. Yes they have models of barrels and a showroom to show off the pretty colors or latest technical feats of barrel making. I don't know if there were mannequins in flannel and hard hats modeling the barrels lifting them etc. but I assume so.
It is important for your life and health you get some barrels that either have never been used like mine or have never had some bad stuff in them. If the bad stuff is bad you don't want it on your food.
I used two 33 gallon barrels I think.
Get a welder. Or a weldor. The difference is you pay the weldor to do all the work and you don't look like a manly dude with a cool welder in the garage. I would recommend a MIG welder. It is much better than a stick because the stick welder will burn through thin metal very easy. I also would stay away from one that uses just flux core wire because it sucks. It makes it harder to weld and you got smoke and sparks and crap flying everywhere. A MIG welder produces a much cleaner easier weld. But if you are out in the wind like a tornado and need to weld your weather vane back on I would go with the flux core welder.