I started by stripping the old RTV off of both lids as well as separating the firebox from the smoke chamber to reseal it. I also bought a piece of stovepipe and cut it so that it would sit 1" above my grates.
I gave my friend who works in our welding school a big sheet of 16 gauge to which he cut me a baffle (made from a cardboard template, idea came from you artists of the smoke) and some tuning plates. He also hooked me up with a really nice charcoal basket.
I mounted the baffle when I put the firebox and chamber back together. After molding it into it's proper place with a 22oz framing hammer, I was then able to set the tuning plates properly on the top lip of the baffle.
The baffle sits 3 1/2" above the bottom of the firebox inlet. The tuning plates are in a position whereas a small 1" foil pan can sit on them with the grates just over them, nice and tight.
Baffle (View from firebox to chamber)
Complete Picture of Smoker
I want to thank every single person on this forum who contributes their wealth of knowledge. It truly helps beginners such as myself and prevents people like me from learning these lessons the hard and expensive way.
Now all that's left is to season it on Saturday and throw down on some ribs and Gary's beans on Sunday for dinner.