My advice to everyone researching a build... be Patient!!!!
I now call my smoker "The Ugly Piglet", cause it is definitely the ugly duckling of smokers.
1. I wish I would've gone with the finned strip heater, but I tried to save some money.
So i drilled the hole for the 1500 watt element, pushed it into the liner so it was flush to the element's steel brace and realized that part of the element that gets red hot & not insulated would be touching the the insulation. Needless to say I was a bit PO'd.
So I made some braces from scrap aluminum I had laying around and patched the openings. I know someone on here made a custom steel box & everything, but I'm not that talented.
2. I am REALLY not proud of my skinning job. It is 100% sealed, but it LOOKS effin horrible! I wish I wouldn't have used aluminum flahsing because my liner's edge was not straight. It was bent ineards. So I tried to use rivets but they wouldn't reach. So I went to self taping screws but had to angle them to reach the bent lip of the liner so I had something to screw in to. So this in turn popped out the flashing and crinkles it and it looks crappy.
Like I said, it is sealed, but it ain't pretty lol
3. I did an ammo can AMPS mod. Worked out pretty well & fits perfectly under the fridge.
4. Picking up the steel tomorrow for a heat shield, door skin, & racks. Then a seasoning burn on Sunday/Monday.
Below is a pic, be nice in the comments lol