I know it's only a cuppla times withg my smoker, but today was just not fun at all! The plan was to smoke a rack of ribs (3-2-1) along with my first fatty, plus a few pieces of chicken, breats and drums. It was a windy day here, and I could not get enough heat outta my Charcoal/H2O smoker to take the chill out of the meat. The best I could muster was about [email protected]*. Hard to get food up to 180* when the smoker is that cool! I guess the wind just sucked the heat out of the system. BTW, there is a pic of my cheapo smoker on my profile. I finally gave up after an hour or more and finished thigs up in my oven (without smoke, of course). I had a lack-of-heat problem a couple of weeks ago, but I attributed that to being chintzy wity the charcoal, so I used lots this time. But still no heat. I'm, thinkin' next time (unless I go and get an electric smoker), I will forget about the water pan that sits between charcoal and meat, and just put a smaller container on the rack. That water pan pretty much blocks off the heat, and with the wind... Oh yeah, the fatty. Couldn't keep it from falling apart (espo when a grill support got loose, but that's another story), but it tasted OK, as did the ribs and chicken. Any suggestions? Not quite daunted yet.