So, im jumping in feet first this weekend. I bought a chargriller last week. Seasoned it, tried it out last night with stuff i couldnt screw up and now im doing a brisket this weekend. Not really my choice. A group of us are going camping this weekend, and i told one of my friends i bought a smoker and he said "hey i got a brisket, lets smoke that mother Saturday." I told him id rather not do that as a first round but being the friend that he is said "Go big or go home pus.." Its his brisket, so whatever. Im not scared! We'll all be feelin good enough to eat it eitherway i guess. But, i plan on using Royal Oak lump along with hard maple for fuel. How many bags of charcoal should i plan on, 4? I have an unlimited amount of wood, so plan on using quite a bit of wood and just adding charcoal as needed. Somebody help me out som im not going totally in the dark to this thing? I am also planning on getting the smoker fired up at about 4am and meat on at 5...so at least we can eat before midnight i hope! THoughts?