Ok all done, enough to cook at least. I got my handles put on so now it's official. I started the maiden voyage to season it yesterday and it went from 5:30 until I was ready for bed around 10:30ish. When it creeped up to 245* I closed all the caps on the other intakes and left the ball valve wide open. It went up slowly to around 255* so I made my first adjustment and closed the valve by half. It stopped rising and sloooowly fell off. When It fell back to 245* I opened it back up to the 1/4 mark. It stayed at 249-253 solid from around 7-bed time. I put 2 magnets over the exhaust and closed the intake. I checked it again around midnight and it was much cooler to the touch. I left it and went to bed. Overall, I am very pleased and have a smoke planned for Saturday.
I started with maybe ~10lbs of charcoal with some wood chunks spread around. This is what was left after 5 hrs of solid smoking.
And the final product. I may add a paint scheme down the road but I like the flat black for now.
Now a question. I currently have 2 holes in the lid measuring 1 1/4 inches. My main intake is a 1" ball valve and the other 3 are 3/4 in.
Before I go drilling a bunch of holes, is this sufficient? If I need more exhaust, how much should I add? I have a 1 1/4 inch hole saw and a 7/8inch one. I can add as many of either size as necessary. Thanks for the input and following my build. It was fun and a learning experience. My brother may inherit this one and I will do another with some slight changes. Fun none the less though.