I'm doing my first smoke in my Brinkmann upright charcoal smoker today. It's not thebullet shap, but rectangular with doors on the fromt. I have a lot of smoke coming out, but the temp seems low, around 150 acording to the thermometer that came with it (i haven't purchased a separate thermometer yet). Yesterday I cured it and seemed to be able to hold a temp around 250 pretty good. I'm not sure what to do to get the temp higher. I have the vents wide open (two on top, two on bottom) and still not change. The Charcoal pan is pretty full under the water pan so I don't know if I can add more charcoal. It's a nice day today, warm but definately windy. Maybe this is my problem? Any thoughts are appreciated. Maybe theres nothing I can do, and I'll just need to take longer...... (oh, I'm making a rack of spare ribs) Thanks from a newbie!