I'm new to smoking, just picked up the ECB from walmart, mounted the legs to the outside and drilled some holes in firepan, also put small grate in bottom of fire pan to get coals up. After coating the inside with vegetable oil I tossed in about 3/4 of a full charcoal starter of red oak lump. I didn't fill the water pan and the temps soared to 450 degrees! Temp dropped to 277 degrees 45 minutes later and completely cold after 3 hours. Everything i have read says these things are hard to get up in temp, not the case here. Im gonna do another test run this week to see if i can get the temp down and stay down, any pointers? Im gonna start by filling the water bath and using only about a third of a charcoal start full of coals. I need to get this thing figured out by the weekend, looking to try some ribs. Thanks a ton you guys!