I tried my new brinkmann out a week or so ago with a decent Boston butt. The results were less than desirable. I had it in there for about 11 hours and could never get the temp above 200. I was using lump charcoal for fuel. I'm thinking I wasn't putting enough in there but I went through 2.5 bags of the stuff. I was using Cowboy brand lump charcoal. I know it's not the best but all I could find in my area. I've been reading up and it seems like I need to make some mods like adding some stove rope to seal in the heat better, but I still have a concern about the fuel. It left the meat super smokey. Like licking an ashtray smoky. Would I be better off using charcoal briquettes for the the majority of the time to maintain a more steady temp then add hickory chips for the last few hours to give it a bit of a smokey flavor? Any recommendations would be helpful.