No, it has nothing to do with sexual experiences, but I am losing my virginity in a sense today! Many of you know that I have smoked with an electric Brinkmann Gourmet for many years. It has served me very well, and continues to do so. But 2 weeks ago my neighbor told me that her brother was selling his offset smoker and only wanted $100 for it. So I went and looked at it, expecting a cheap Wal-Mart brand. Instead, he and his nephew were hulking this smoker from the backyard to the front. I immediately recognized the smoker as a New Braunfels. I looked it over and other than a few paint chips, it is in excellent condition. So I bought it on the spot and had it at the house the next day. But, we were leaving for south Texas for vacation so I had to sadly roll it into the garage and let it sit for 2 weeks. But now I am back and have my first offset pulled pork candidate lathered up with horseradish and Jeff's famous rub. She went in at 7pm. I feel like a virgin because I quickly learned that two heaping chimney's of coals was WAAAYY too much heat. I had to let the thing burn wide open for 30 minutes just to get the temp under 300! So, I am re-learning to smoke meats! I thought I would start with a very forgiving cut which is why I went with pulled pork. I think I am getting the hang of it. But my temps are fluctuating wildly. I have the firebox damper open half way and the stack cover open half way. My temp dropped from 258 to 207. Can you guys offer this newbie some tips on maintaining a temp? As far as I can tell the smoker does not have any modifications. Thanks! I will let you know how it goes!