Hello! My name is Donna, I'm from Massachusetts, and I just bought my brand new smoker at a yard sale for $30! It is a Char-Broil, American Gourmet Smoker BBQ and Grill and the box was still sealed. It was a breeze to assemble, and I was seasoning it within an hour (we were watching a Patriots game and were done well before half time!) I seasoned my grill for a good three hours, and cooked a pork loin roast with seasoned oak harvested from our yard. Amazing flavor - all that I was hoping it would be. My husband has since ordered me a cover, and some yummy wood chunks, and I'm on my way. I love free advice, and have encountered on issue that took a little (but not much) wind out of my sails. As I was building my initial fire, I chose to use wood only in order to keep the temperature low. I built the fire as I would in my chiminea (sp) and as the wood burned, it fell through the fire grate (of course) and it was difficult, initially, to keep the fire burning. My husband found some old natural charcoal, which provided pieces big enough to stay on top of the grate. Once I got a nice base, it was uphill from there. I was thinking if I put some sort of fireproof "screen" on top of the fire grate, I would be able to keep larger sized embers on top of the grate, enabling better combustion of newly added wood. Any suggestions as to what material I could use?