Hi all, Im Brian or Bri, I am the wrong end of 60 ex Railroad Signalman. and just bought my first smoker and have learned a few lessons already! I suddenly realised that my propane BBQ was just an outdoor grill and was disappointed with the results so decided to read up on a few different ones. In the end I bought a Brinkmann Trailmaster L.E and probably made the same mistake as a few others.... I put it together without any bother apart that the two holes on the firebox to main body didnt line up so had to sort that. I then did the cure and was a little disappointed with a few leaks but it seamed to settle down . I did all the right things ..........................apart from get my butt on here for some tips. to cut a long story short my first go was a brave one and I turned a beautifully fresh brisket into a solid lump of creosote tasting wood, I ended up giving most of it to the dog who refused to eat it and then bit me i can think the only reason for that is that I was more tender than the Brisket. But then I spent a week or two reading on the forum. I have now done all of the mods advised on here inc. tuning plates, fire basket, door clamps, sealing the grill door oh and rebuilt it using mastic. What a difference. Thanks guys I,m grateful. Oh I'm disabled so am usually around for a chat.