Okay. Here it is folks. What I and everyone else who has been following this thread for months has been waiting for!
picking it up from the painter.
yep. Thats bird crap on the side of the firebox. Gotta love those minnesota grackles.
Need to clean up the stub so the stack slides all the way down on the smoker. The paint is a little thick so it will not go all the way down. Got the handles installed so I can light it off. Came right up to 225 in about 20 minutes with 18 brickets and 4-5 chunks of hickery tossed in. Paint on the edge of the fire box started bubbling about 30 minutes in. What the heck. Need to get the rest of this thing put back together and sealed up so we can get smoking for real!