Ok, heres the deal. This summer I built my reverse flow. Some of you may remember it. It was done solely to see if I could build one for under a 100 bucks. Came out to like 50 bucks. Anyhow, I have a question on the convection process of it. Whenever I smoke anything, say a brisket, it seems to get done sooner than others who smoke similar items. Rarely does my smoker ever go over 230 degress, most of the time its rides at 220-225. There is approx 7 inches from the grate to the heat sink. Is the close proximity of these the reason things seem to get done sooner? What would you consider to be a good distance between the two? I thought about junking this one out and starting over, but then I seen some posts on stump clones, thanks to Carpetride and Davenh. That will be my next project, pic will be coming soon. Anyhow, if the heat sink on what I just described is a problem, do you think I could get by with a false heat sink right above the original, say an inch or so, to act like a buffer for any radiant heat? Bad idea? Have any thoughts on this, let me know.