So the first problem I ran into was WAY too high temps even with the dampers shut. The reason, the front hole on the lava pan. I simply could not find anything that I could use as a suitable damper. The hole is 1.5" in diameter so I thought about using a couple of 2" washers with a bolt and nut to seal it off and just use the bottom dampers for airflow. Then my father said to me, "Why not use a can lid". I thought.....yeah.....why not?
I drilled a 1/4" hole above the lavapan hole then through the lop of the can-o-beans lid. Inserted a stainless carriage bolt and a wingnut. Works great and problem solved!
The final product:
Next Step: Some food pRon from my first smoke on the 4th. I cant post it until later thought because my wife is standing next to me demanding I take her to the beach.