Yesterday I received the part that Weber had back ordered for my smoker. Based on the last conversation that I had with them I didn't expect this delivery for at least a month. I don't know if the delivery was expedited since I called or if the person on the phone didn't have any reliable facts. Perhaps they were just making stuff up as they went along but it doesn't matter anymore since my smoker was working fine last weekend with a little help from Home Depot.
I won't be using the smoker this weekend as I still have some leftover pulled pork and ribs in the freezer but next week, ah next week, we try again to fine tune the recipe.