well, i'm a little behind schedule, but I just finished painting the smoker. I unintentionally painted the firebox with a semi gloss finish when I wanted to do flat. I'm trying to decide if I want to sand it down and repaint with flat black, or just leave it and start smoking.
Anyways, I wanted to see if anyone knew why this hole is here. I just noticed it today, and went back through my old pics to see that it had been there all along:
(dead center of picture, to the right of the lid)
It looks like an intentionally drilled hole, but I can't imagine what it's there for.