I can't get the picture of my smoker to upload to the page from my phone, so no go on the visual. Anyways, just got my smoker, a vertical with side fire box. It's a homemade one made from good thick plate steel. My dad had it lent out, and the guy put a grill burner in the bottom, I'm guessing to supplement heat. So I decided after getting everything I needed, I was going to do chicken leg quarters. I was on a tight time schedule because I had to bring my son back to his mom's, but I figured I had enough time. Brined the chicken for a couple hours. Fired up the smoker, let it get up to 170 when I threw the chicken on guessing it would keep climbing up over 300. Boy was I wrong. It peaked at about 180 or so, so I fired up the burner. I'm not 100% sure what was wrong but it kept going out. It would stay lit when I would cracked the smoke box door, so I'm wondering wondering if it's an oxygen supply issue. When the burner was going it boosted it above 300, but it would only burn for a minute before going out. At that point I had to give up all hope and finish them on the grill. They tasted pretty good, but they were only in the smoker for an hour and about 180 average. I learned a lot from all the mishaps and my mistakes today. I've never cooked with charcoal, so I didn't know how much to use. I think I can use another few handfuls to at least get my temp up to about 220-230. And I'm planning on next time while the charcoal is getting ready in my chimney starter, I will fire up the burner and preheat the smoker box as much as I can. Hopefully I can get a pic posted of the smoker soon so there are some visuals to go with my novel.