Yeah, I watched the progress of yours, Mista. I had to laugh in sympathy when you talked about your lack of mechanical skills- I envy these guys that say "just grab the welding torch and...", or "I just fabricated one of these in my shop". I brag when I put something together and there are no parts leftover!
One question that has been buggin' me about the BDS type smoker. One of the benefits is supposed to be the flavor gains when the meat drips into the burning wood. I have never heard this mentioned with a WSM- I realize the water pan would obstruct it, but if a clear path was made, would one get that same benefit??