Well something interesting happened last night. Talked with a feller who pulls a lot of weight with the town council and over the Vol. FD. Explained my plight to him and was told how "ridiculous" what's been going on is..and "don't worry about it you wont be being harassed anymore, heck get you one of them trailer smokers if ya want....just remember to call me when the ribs are done!"
So now my tenacious love of building has all but taken over, and as I type there are 55 gal food grade steel drums in my truck bed. I've all but forgotten about buying one, wood burner here we come (what I truly wanted in the first place, but thought I would never be left alone if I did)...fire up the welder boys!