I'm new to smoking and just finished my first smoked chicken. It turned out great but it took 5 hours and the Brinkmann temperature never got over 170. I had to finish it in the oven. I used wood charcoal and oak chunks so there was plenty of smoke. I had water in the pan and refilled it several times throughout the cook. It was 40 outside. Just to make sure, I pulled out the door thermometer, put it in the oven at 250, and it read 250 so it appears to be working. I tried running with the vents wide open and it didn't help. I read on these forums to refill the water pan with warm water so I'll try that next time. Any other ideas?