Hello everybody, I'm obviously a new guy and here's a little bit of info about me. I currently live in California and I love smoked meats. I recently purchased a Brinkman stand up smoker and I'm not having to much luck. I'm not sure if maybe it's the weather from where I live that's causing me problems but for some reason I can't seem to maintain a consistent temp in my smoker and the meat always seems to cook faster then it should. Not to long ago I tried to smoke some ribs and they came out way over done after only a couple hours in the smoker. Currently I use a mix of just a little charcoal and of course my wood that I"m using but it still seems to get to hot and I can't really control the temp to well. Being where I am getting good wood for smoking is pretty hard and all I can really seem to get are either the wood chips or or the wood chunks that are maybe about as big as a tennis ball. It also seems like everything burns out way to fast and I'm constantly loading up to bring the temp to where it should be then after about 20 minutes it jumps up way to high and I'm sitting there trying to keep control of it all but failing miserably. I know I'm new to the forum and I have scoured around trying to find some answers and maybe I'm not looking hard enough but haven't been able to find one. Any helpful tips would be great as I'd like to try and take another stab at it this weekend. I've got some killer recipes that would be great for ribs and briskets and if I can manage to get one to cook properly I'm sure that it would come out great. Any help would be appreciated as I don't want to waste any more money on meat that ends up overcooked anymore.