Been lurking here for a little while and have learned a lot. There is a ton of great easy to find info on here. I figured it was time to join in. Learned about this forum from reading some of (spanky)Capt. Dan's tips on another site. A couple months ago I bought a char-broil silver and did a few of the mods to it. When seasoning it I had trouble getting it to get up to 300. Finally after pouring a bunch more charcoal to it (too much). It started climbing, and climbing and climbing. The cooking chamber got to 475 before I got it shut down. LOL Burnt the paint right of the firebox on the very first light up. The wife who was already not pleased about my purchase was now really uninpressed. I tried to explain to her now it has character. After my first experience I decided to do another dry run and this time things worked out much better, but it still doesn't like to get very hot. It's got a great sweet spot between 220 and 270 which is great but I have to run the vents open quite a bit more than what I expected from reading others experiences. I'm starting to ramble. Anyway so far I've done a few fatties and about 4 pork butts. They've all come out great so far. Thanks for all the info on here.