Hey there, my name is andy and im 23 years old im located in chippewa falls, wi home of Leinenqugels beer and i just started smokin meats last weekend. i bought a brinkmann horizontal smoker with the offset firebox. the first day i got it we just used it as a grill to grill up some t bones, the next day we used the smoker for the first time ever, ive never even really seen a smoker in use before, let alone used one! we made some bbq pork chops and i put bout 4 2-3 lb hunks of venison in there. we started out using way too much wood, it almost filled the firebox up halfway, quickly realized that was way too much and took almost all of it out. how much should you use ideally? well i spose we smoked for bout 4-5 hours, and bout 6-10 high lifes later, and then i sliced the venison and we grilled the meat for 10 mins or so afterwords and let me tell you, ive never had venison taste like that before in my life! it was definitly a hit around the neighborhood, as everyone was stoppin by to see where all the damn smoke was comin from... sooo i want to do a rack of ribs this weekend and possibly some salmon, but i heard it has to be a cold smoke??? how does one go about this??