well i done my first smoke this weekend and have some questions for you all. I cooked a 5# butt with some dry rub on it i used a chart found on this website that has cook time and temps on it. I ended up cooking for 3 1/2 hours till i reached an IT of 190* I tryed to keep a steady temp of 225 but it was all over the place. I had a charcoal base with 16" oak splits it's all i had. I did see alot of smoke coming out the back where the top and bottom meet. I had the smoke stack open all the way and the fire box was ranged from full open to 1/3. Do you have any advice for me sorry it was a bit lengthy!