She's finally done. I didn't quite get the blue I was looking for, but it still looks pretty good. This thing ROCKS! I've done a breakfast fatty, an 8lb picnic, spares, ABTs, and some chicken breasts. Everything has turned out great.
I borrowed a buddy's PitmasterIQ and smokered the picnic over night at 240 - 250. After 16 hours, I still had more than 1/2 of the original charcoal left.
Unfortunately (for me), I built this one for my brother-in-law. Hopefully the next one will do just as well.