I fired up my Brinkman without the mods for the first time the other day. I smoked a beef roast and pork joint for about 6 hours and for the first time ever I got shoe leather. I used to smoke all the time, now I want to do it again. It's funny, 20 years ago I could smoke anything with a non-modded brinkman and it came out deliciously tender every time. I was wondering if anyone could tell me why my meat was so bad? Here is what I had going on: Un modded brinkman. Wood chips, (burned too fast, need chunks I know). Rarely got above mid-ideal heat level. Kept water full but also had carrots/onions/potatoes in the pot. Is it the fact that it didn't stay hot enough? Was it the wood chips? Was it the water? Any advice? I bragged to my son that you could smoke shoe leather and it would turn out great. I smoked meat and ended up with shoe leather. Thanks.