Thanks Rembrandt....and FWIW...when I googled "top ten electric smokers" the 'Smokin Tex' was in there. Matters of fact it ranked number two just under the 'Big Green Egg'. But I really like the overall design especially the front door access on the Smokin Tex over the Egg.
Plus, I think the Egg is so expensive they are afraid to post their price on the internet. The only thing I could find when trying to price them was "find a dealer near you".
Glad things are coming together for you BerdanSS.
Are you planning on building an upright smoker outta your bbl.?