Having a Little Chief smoker and a wood deck as my only suitable smoking location there were a few hurdles I needed to get over.
One of the first things I wanted to know was my smoking temp. For this I used a meat thermometer and poked a hole in the lid with a 16 penny nail.
To reduce the fire hazard I laid down some cement stepping stones to put the smoker on.
To further reduce the fire hazard and get the smokers temp up I got rid of the ole cardboard box trick and got a 30 gallon galvanized garbage can. Lay four bricks around the smoker and set the garbage can upside down over it.
Put the lid on the bottom and it will keep rain from pooling on the bottom of the can.
I've found that my smoker temp is 5-10 degrees higher with the can as opposed to using the cardboard box.
The last trick is that you can turn the can rightside up to store your smoker in.