You'll like the pecan. I've been buying pecans from a man for several years. He has one of those cracking machines. Makes all of the pecans shell really easy and 99.9% come out whole. Last Fall when I went to get my pecans, I took my chainsaw and cut up a truck load from BIG limbs that had broken off his trees. They were free. He had them in a pile to burn!
If anyone knows of some local pecan growers in your area, you might stop by and ask if you can have the fallen limbs. I got limbs that were over 8-10 inches in diameter. I had to split some of them. If this guy was closer, I'd just go over everytime a big limb falls and pick it up. He's about an hour drive from me. Need to find someone closer.
I like your smoker, especially the hatchet handles. I may try to find a couple of those with the pick on the end that looks like fire axes and use them on my firebox and warming chamber. I already have handles for my main cooking chamber. I got some free grab rails with chrome mounts when we went to the factory to look at our new fire truck.
Glad I caught the discussion about the drip rails inside the doors. I haven't read anywhere on here about doing that before, but great idea!