First, I am neither handy nor clever. But, I love to cook outside over open flame.
My house was built in 1954, and I acquired it in 1990. For the entire time I’ve lived here, I’ve wanted to do something to make the built-in grill thingy on my patio actually functional. Not because I need more outdoor grilling space, mind you, I’m well equipped with a gas grill, a Big Green Egg, and a Brinkman propane smoker. But, its just sitting there, idle, with plants growing in it and I want it to be useful. I had plans drawn up by an architect several years ago to transform my entire outside space into a tricked out bar, entertainment area with a huge fireplace which converted to a wood fired pizza oven. Pipe dreams. So, back to reality, I’m just focusing on this portion of my patio for the time being. I want it to be a full on, wood smoker. And I have no idea how to accomplish that.
Here it is, in its non-useful form.
So, if anyone has any idea how to make this thing useful as a real smoker, that would rock. If that isn’t possible, I would like it to be at least a functional grill, if possible.