Progress as of Friday, I was gone the rest of the weekend but spent a lot of time dreaming up its future.
A bit of surface rust on top paint and inside steel. Sanding takes forever may have to use a wire wheel and if that doesn't help talk to someone about sand or glass blasting.
In this picture you see the insert, where the hole is in the back was a light bulb, would this be good placement for exhaust? I would make it bigger and go out of the back of the smoker. All of the clips are metal but may replace for safety.