I have noticed a lot more people, from the northeast and midwest, looking for a higher quality pit. I have looked at Klose, Lang, Brinkman, Smokemaster, etc, and all are expensive to start, never mind the shipping. I have found a couple of alternatives.
Amazon sells a line called "On TheBarB". Some of these pits are made of 1/4" steel, run from $350 to $1,300, and have !!!FREE SHIPPING!!!!. I have not heard of these before and don't know how good they are.
I have also talked to my local blacksmith. He has made pits before and gave me a rough quote of $800 for a 20"x42" with a 20"x20" side box. We have not gone into any great depth about the pit though, I am sure that price will go up.
Has any one bought or know anything about the smokers on Amazon?
Has anyone ever had a backyard pit built by an experienced welder/blacksmith, but not an experienced pit builder? What questions should I have and what should I look for in craftmanship?