Jasot217, solid find on the boxes at Lowes. I don't want to talk about what I spent on the sheet of expanded metal I bought to build my charcoal basket. Here's one to put on your radar because you're going to need to address it soon. The charcoal grate that comes with the smoker is crap. It will be warped beyond recognition soon. I've been using expanded metal (several pics in post #235 on page 12, this thread). It's worked well. And I just noticed in your pics that you haven't punched out the football shape between the cooking chamber and SFB. I don't know how this will impact things. I guess if you're getting consistent temps, you're not doing anything horribly wrong. But it does seem like I read somewhere that having inadequate flow from SFB to cooking chamber can produce problems. Anyone else that knows this stuff better have any input? Also, to address the problem of the paint and primer burning off the SFB and to prevent rust, I've been hitting it with a layer or two of vegetable oil while it's at temp. I figure if it works to season and protect my dutch ovens, it should work here as well. Using a spray can is best since one time I did this my SFB was apparently above the flashpoint of canola oil. My brother thought that was pretty funny. If I would have been brushing it on by hand, it could have been a problem. I'm not sure if this is the best solution so if someone else has a better one, I'm interested.