This was taken from the CharGriller website. You may want to sear certain foods before smoking by placing meat directly above coals with LID open and FIRE GRATE in high (hot) position for several minutes. Add flavor soaked wood chips to the fire and add 1 part marinade, beer or wine to 3 parts water to the drip pan. OPENING THE SMOKING CHAMBER WILL EXTEND COOKING TIME. Cooking with meat thermometer ensures food is fully cooked. Insert thermometer into thickest part not touching bone, and allow five minutes to register. Internal temperature for birds should be 170F to 180F or when leg moves easily in joint. Meat should be cooked to internal temperature of 140F for rate, 160F for medium and 170F for well done. Check the water level when cooking more than 4 hours or when you can’t hear the water simmering. Add water by moving meat over and pouring water through GRILL into WATER PAN. IF THE SMOKE IS WHITE, THE FIRE’S RIGHT. IF THE SMOKE IS BLACK, ADD SOME DRAFT.