Howdy, I started smoking a little a few years and have found myself here getting answers a few times. I started off doing ribs and chickens on my Weber Performer, then my mother inlaw bought me this. I tried doing a chicken on it and I cursed and cursed. After a couple of hours googling I knew what I needed to do to make it functional. Fiberglass gasket around the lid Added a grill and raised it up 1" Vented the base and lid I have a Supco dual channel thermometer on the way(hopefully tomorrow). Then sometime mid week, I plan a calibration run and hopefully by this weekend I can smoke a couple racks. Hopefully I don't have to baby sit as much as I did when I was smoking in my kettle. Anyways, thanks for having such an awesome forum full of so much great information!