Well, I thought it was pretty cool.
I'll have to do a little testing, I suppose, to see if the baffle is ineffective at its current size. We ended up just measuring out our own dimensions for the fire-basket. I hadn't noticed this with any other fire-baskets that had been made, but we made the center divider removable so I can do bigger logs should I ever have the desire.
So far, we have done the following;
1. Added heat deflector/baffle
2. Replaced rear wheels/axle with casters
3. Replaced front casters with steel legs/feet
4. Built a (badass) fire-basket
5. Cut a plate to reduce the size of the cooking chamber (removable)
6. Sealed some joints that could potentially leak heat/smoke (inexpensive factory assembly)
Still have a few more things to do like add a shelf to the outside and make a little covered mount for the wireless transmitter, but it is almost ready for paint.
Plate for reducing the cooking chamber size. The "exhaust" is in the back left.
Legs/feet. This caster/legs/feet combo raised the smoker by about 3 inches, which is good for me.
Here are a couple small gaps we filled in:
I just can't wait to start cooking with it. I'm pretty excited with the progress so far, though.