Added the door and the smoke stack today.
Need to add a latch on the door for sure.
As for the temp issues there should be no issues because it's going to be run by an AMPS for smoke and heater coil with controller for exact temps.
Yes I can now see light between all the staves, but so far it's not effecting performance.
Todays test in the shade, Ambient temp 81: with AMPS running single end ignition 30 mins into running it, stabilized perfectly at 105 for 3 hours.
Yes not high enough for cooking, and too high for cold smoking BUT, it proved with a stable heat source the temp was stable.
Smoke was even coming out of the staves during the smoke because of the gaps.
So when the CA weather starts to get colder I want to cold smoke.
And want to cook when i get the heater installed :)