ha thanks! If i would have known it was going to be this much of a headache i would have driven up there, well maybe not but still this thing is driving me nuts. I drew everything up and cardboard and thought everything was going to fit. Well when i got my steel i realized that I did not take into consideration the fact the heat would still escape from the sides because I was only using a 10x10 and that it does not run the entire width of the smoker. I previously used a 16 1/2 x10 (the largest tuning plate) to estimate a new baffle. It fit good, as far as the bottom being even with the tuning plates, but i was wanting to eliminate the gaps between the sides of the smoker and the baffle. So today I picked up a 17 11/16 '' x10 plate. It fits in the smoker great, but the angle was way off and it was setting about an inch above the other plates. So I guess i am just going to cut another 16 1/2 x10 and then fill the gap with aluminum foil. After this little modification i have a new found respect for metal workers. It is definitely a skill that I wish i had.
I also picked up two thermometers to put on the ends, and i am about to go get the chimney extension and some new grill paint. The firebox is just about completely rusted. So I am hoping in the next couple of days to get everything installed and be cooking again by next weekend or at least by sept 1, I hear there is a big football game haha.
Anyhow cant wait to see some of the food you do on that thing!