Just made a trade from a friend for this beauty, but have a couple of questions for the masses. My biggest concern right now is the rust build up on the bottom of the cook chamber.
Should I wire brush it then paint using high heat bbq paint? The rack you see that's also showing rust, is not a cooking rack but more of a "drip pan/water pan" shelf, so no food will be in contact with that shelf. Basically is it safe to use the bbq paint on the interior of the cook chamber? OR, is there a better solution for removing the rust and keeping it from coming back?
Also, looking at the pictures I'm posting, do any of you have any suggestions for tweaks or mods that are obvious? My plan this weekend (weather dependent) is to have a trial cook without meat to determine leaks and seal up what I can, and to also determine the "hot/cold cook zones" and then do my best to make changes to even those out. First thing I will do is seal the doors with high temp RTV, then weld on a little shelf for my remote thermometer, and possibly add another latch to keep the door closed tighter (if needed). Those were the few obvious things to me.
Thanks for taking your time for help and advise!