I made it to post# 3,555 and decided this weekend it was my turn to start one. It is pretty basic: (three 3/4" intakes (2.5" from bottom), one with a ball valve, eight 1/2" exhaust (2" from edge), 17"d X 11"h coal basket 3" above 18" ash pan on the bottom, 24" from bottom of basket to one cooking rack)
I used the extra conduit hangers (one for the lid hook) for tool hangers, and I added 4 eyelets on the inside so I can move the coal basket up to grill height for grilling.
I am about 2.5 hours into the seasoning burn (liberal coating of Crisco, ton of help from my wife on that one) and it still isn't completely stable. It is very slowly moving up to 250-260 then i close it a little and it drops to 200 and I open it back up just a touch, from 200 to 260 and back to 200 it taking about 45min to an hour. However we have a nice cool intermittent breeze today, it is empty, and my lid is leaking (gonna have to seal that up, silicone maybe?). I think when I get some meat in it it will help stabilize it.
Going to get a test with some bread in a few min to check for hot spots, then 2 naked fatties for dinner with some Hawaiian Sweet rolls.
It has been a lot of fun building and playing with it so far.
Update: Put in about a dozen pieces of bread and it all "toasted" well, on the left side it was a little darker on the left than the right but that is the side I have the nipple open on.