Finished the CC door.
Added insulation to the right side:
Added insulation to the left side:
It is officially done!
Put the tadpole gasket on the CC door.
Finished up a few odd and ends like adding a handle on the FB door and tapering the CC door latch pins to make them slide home easier.
Ready to fire it up, season it, cook on it, then sandblast and paint it.
Might be a few days before I get her lit off. Got some family stuff to do that takes precedence.
Yes, it will be painted, but want to get a few cooks on it first to make sure no modifications are needed.
Finally got it fired up for the first cook.
Wire brushed the surface rust off the cooking grates, then sprayed the inside of the CC with PAM to season it.
Started with a full chimney of lump and one split of red oak. No issues with the chimney, it started drafting immediately.
Temps are pretty even.
The ribs were awesome!
Thanks Len, Dave and Gary.
Still have a few more cooks to do to learn the sweet spots, but I am very pleased with it.
I don't name my stuff, so it is just referred to as "the smoker", but suggestions are welcome.