I'm retired and have smoking meats in my "bucket list". Recently bought a Brinkman Trailmaster offset. Have put through a couple of burns and struggled thru building a charcoal basket. Am saving for a temperature controller. I have sealed up the doors and added tuning plates made of 18" square floor tiles trimmed down with an angle grinder. Seems to "tune" the heat flow but is slow to reach temp. Would prefer metal plates but could not find a source for sheet metal at a reasonable price. I think I've watched every U Tube video on smoking, smokers, mods and recepes. Look forward to a new avenue of information with this forum. Not much griiing nor smoking experience do date.