Thanks for all the replies fellas. Especially the tip about using the exterior stains. I ended up going with a stain + sealer in one by Olympia. Thats the only brand Lowes carries in a quart size. I didn't stain the bottom of the planks or legs. Figured that would give moisture a route to escape. Still not sure if I'm going to poly the top and I need to add the bottle opener when I find it.
Here's the money shot with my antique Kamado:
I'd rather be smoking on my 1990 Imperial Kamado...the predecessor to the BGE.