Got to fire her up for the first time after paint. The only place that didn't far well was the roof of the fire box. I had stacked some hickery there and when I moved it the 500 degree engine enamel punked out on me. Oh well, I'll stip it and use the 2000 degree stuff in that spot.
What paint survived the heat lost it's gloss anyway. Top side of firebox only, everything else looks great.
That last minute refit of the lid paid off. Less that 5 degrees variation side to side. Now for a little Q-view!
Chicken, pork and beef with room to spare.
God, I love this smoker! I never would have got this right without Smoking Meat Forums. Thank you to everyone who posted builds on here! Sharing of knowledge is the greatest gift!
Snacking . . .
and Smoking. Oh yeah, and grinning!