Couple of quick questions for you Smokeon,
First do you mind sharing what you paid for that? I may have missed it if you said it
second, in the last Pic with all the Butts, did you drill a hole beside your door to run your probes threw ? if so how did that effect chamber temp and smoke?
No problem. From the invoice:
Basic Plus 3 $340.00 Qty: 1
25 c.f.m. Blower Upgrade $100.00 Qty: 1
2 inch Wheel Adapter $110.00 Qty: 1
Grand Total: $565.00
The break down is this:
The basic + 3 is an upgrade. It is the controller, 1 blower, 1 pit temp sensor, and 3 meat sensors. You could save money if you only wanted the basic which has only 1 meat sensor instead of 3. That costs $280.00
The 25cfm blower is needed for the larger pits. It works very well with the 60 and I recommend it for this size pit.
The 2 inch wheel adapter for me was a waste of money. For less than $20 at Home Depot you can get some black iron pipe and make your own adapter if you don't mind drilling 2 inch holes in your firebox. If I had put the adapter in one of the forward wheels, it would have worked some better, but I notice that the air inlets get covered over with ash by the end of the smoke. Having the vent on top means this doesn't matter. Also, I'm now thinking about lining the box with fire brick to keep the heat in the fire so it burns more efficiently.
Regarding the hole in the pit, Yes, I put it in there. It is a half inch hole. I have not noticed any problem maintaining heat or smoke in the pit with it there and it saves stress on my expensive probes. I don't even see any smoke coming out of that hole. I figure if I want to close it later, I can tap the hole and put a bolt in it. It is a 1/2 inch hole.