Glad you're getting this off the ground now. Nice ahm... Lesson for the kids there with the shirt. Should get a couple pair of work gloves for them as well. Fingers are a good thing to keep around for a while!
I was gonna message you this morning about the issue I thought you had with all the valves and stuff on the tank. Sometimes I just screw them out and seal the holes with threaded bungs and that takes care of them. I usually flip the tank so that those holes are on the bottom on the smoker. But unless you've already cut them off it doesn't matter much.
I'll be watching this! Good luck.