Am very happy to finally purchase a smoker that has long interested me. Between a sale at Wal-Mart and Lowe's matching plus ten percent, I was able to get a great deal.
Fortunately with the suggestions found here and elsewhere along with my experience modifying my Brinkmann Trailmaster upright I am looking forward to a fun seasoning burn later this week and several new cooks to enjoy over the summer.
One of the best mods was found in the roll-call forum posted by forum user hardrockchina (http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/138774/newbe-and-happy-to-find-this-site-oklahoma-joes-smoker-with-mods) which involved gate latches to help keep the door closed and tight and still look good 8)
I also picked up a great baffle plate from smokerbuilder.com (http://www.smokerbuilder.com/brinkmann-oklahomajoe-chargriller-baffleplate-mods-available/)
The basked is a non-weld version for folks like me who do not have access to welding tools 8)