So i have had my snp for... lets see here.... 4 days? And as usual, i got some questions. 1. Why are there cooking racks in the firebox? What would anyone want to cook at like 600*? and RIGHT above the fire? drying out wet socks? Multilevel fire? 2. Charcoal Basket. What is the benefit of a charcoal basket? Im a noob. Im ignorant. But, i think the grates work just fine. Im not too concerned with it touching the sides. its a bbq, paint peels. On my inagural smoke, i had no problems with inconsistent temp after the first 25 minutes (just trying to find out how much she wants to eat). So why should i go out and make a charcoal basket? I have one laying around, but mainly, whats the benefit? 3. Deflector. So does all the deflector do is basically diffuse the smoke? Cant i just put the barrel charcoal grate up higher, and use that as a deflector to make it go out the sides of the grate? Im at my moms house, so i cant study it. Just going by memory. 4. Stack. Coffee Time. Hold On. Ok back. The stack. When you extend it to the grate, what does that do? Just hold more smoke in the top of the barrel? Even out temps? From what it looks like, people have made there stacks to like 2" above the grate.. so about the top of the meat. BUT. thinking about it, that makes sense. Because when the smoke enters the barrel, its hot. Hot air rises. Then it cools down and calls. Convection. In a sense.... But that makes that much of a difference? 5. Anyone elses SNP burn madly with the damper on the firebox all the way shut?? I had a relatively large fire going, and wanted to snuff it, so i closed the damper. Still raging. 5 minutes later,still raging... My guess is it leaks from everywhere, and gets enough air to sustain fire? BLACK RTV HERE I COME!! 6. To soak or not to soak? I have read that this, along with many others, are the age old questions. Just like water, greenery, gas, charcoal, and all of the other ones i just dont know yet! But anyways, back on track. I was thinking about the whole soaking thing. Some people prefer to use water to regulate temps, correct?? Now if you soaked your wood for say, 2 days, it would be pretty wet! When you put it on the fire, it would release a lot of... STEAM! So, why WOULDNT you soak your chunks?? Well thats it for now! Im sure ill think of more later! And im sure i look like an idiot!