Had a mes40 for about 5yrs now,set it and forget it. Just got a offset smoker,we all like to play with fire! Anyway,2 smokes in and I have had no problem keeping 225-250. Start with charcoal in the basket then add seasoned cherrwood,for rest of smoke. My problem is the meat is black when done..My chimney is open and firebox adjusted 1/4 to 1/2 open most of time. Am I using too much wood? Don't want to use all charcoal for heat. I will keep plugging at it,but need a little help !