Sounds like you did all the right stuff to make it work safely!
I just gotta wonder how all our forefathers (and foremothers if that is a word) survived so many decades without the "knowledge" we now have
If your procedure is not safe, I do not know what would be!
Oh yeah--if it smells "funky".....GONE!
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), the legendary "StudeDera", a Fast Eddy PG500, and Sherman.
Now cooking with a Yoder YS640
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.