Step 6: Drill a hole for the hot plate control
As scary as it seems, drilling into terra cotta is apparently possible. So with his new bit in the chuck, Phil took his best guess at where the hot plate control would be, and he started drilling.
The poodle is NOT inside the pot, no matter what the camera says.
Just drill slowly, work the bit around a little, and it just digs through the soft terracotta. No problem!
And when it was all put back together, the hot plate control peeked through the hole just right! It looks like the smoker has a navel!
We removed the plastic knob and the metal key strip, and added "small flat screwdriver" to the essential smoking equipment list.
Eventually we learned that this seting, a few degrees before horizontal, corresponds to a steady temperature of about 230 F.