6) If your burn out got it to bare metal it will need a coat of oil to season it. Cover it in veg oil or pam and start a basket of charcoal. You can throw a fatty on there for practice maintaining temps before your first big cook. I did this and it gave me a good feel for what to expect when I would use it for real.
7) I bought an 16 or 18" flat pizza pan from Wal-Mart for $8 and drilled holes in it and it hangs from my lag bolt legs that keep the basket off the ground.
+1 on the pork butt idea for your first cook, they are real hard to screw up.