Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum and to smoking in general. I live in the good, old, hot city of Dallas, Texas but have a great patio with a misting system I just installed to keep me cool. I have smoked ribs before on my propane grill but decided for my birthday in March that I wanted a smoker. I received a very beginner model, Brinkmann Barrel "Grill", model 810-3001-SB. It has no firebox nor any vents to moderate the heat and this forum sure did help me figure it out in those initial days. I have come back repeatedly to this forum and today decided "what the heck, might as well join". I have done some rigging to the Brinkman, mainly a chintzy foil edge to keep all the smoke from escaping and a stainless steel veggie rack to prevent all my charcoal from falling through the rack. I seasoned the smoker per the instructions and it has actually done a pretty decent job. I just smoked some ribs on Sunday and they were delicious. I will be smoking 5 racks on Friday so am going to try the Minnion Method to see if I can keep a more consistent heat for a longer period of time. My next venture will be a brisket and if that is successful, then I will probably move up to a better smoker. Thanks for all the great tips and info and I will let ya'll know how the ribs turn out.