well finally finished it! work, vacation, kid sports and other priorities kept getting in the way. all together i have about $500 in it and very pleased with it. my dad helped me weld it out said it should last a lifetime...should atleast last mine maybe another if taken care of. ive used it twice so far and havent found any complaints, it holds temp steady for a long time and drafts real good. the longhorn im going to paint like the lonestar flag later this week.
you're gonna wanna grill steaks sometime and unless you have a separate grill somewhere else, good call on the door to the big chamber... but ya gotta clean out them ashes after... religiously, or you'll be fixing rust.