I tried to smoke my fist brisket this past weekend and had problems with the minion method. As I am a newbie....I realize I probably did something wrong and would appreciate input. I had done a mod a few days earlier to add a charcoal basket. I filled this basket with Frontier Brand Lump Charcoal and then took out a Chimney's worth from the center and used my gas burner to get it hot. I poured this hot charcoal back into the basket in the center and added a few chunks of Hickory and closed the SFB up and tried to use the damper control on the ash tray to regulate the temp inside the cooking area to 240 degrees F. I allowed 10 to 15 minutes between adjustments and couldn't seem to get it regulated.....too hot on the theremometer in the cooking area. Also, the unlit charcoal in my basket seemed to catch on fire much sooner than I was hoping. After over half an hour, I was able to put the brisket in and start smoking. The Charcoal in my basket didn's seem to last as long as I had hoped before I had to start adding more. Did I do something wrong? Also a few more questions.....when adding more charcoal; should I add unlit charcoal or use my chimney to heat it up first? On Hickory Chunks...how many should I put in at one time? I had soaked them for several days and didn't think if accomplished much. I was putting in a couple chunks when the smoke seemed to have stopped.