I battled my Smokenator all day yesterday. I think most of the problem was me, not paying attention to what the manual was telling me. However, I'm using it again today. And it's starting out the same way it did yesterday. I counted out 60 coals, and held back 12 to light in the chimney. When they were good and hot, I put them in the smokenator on top of the unlits. It's been 45 minutes, and the temperature is rising, but the dome is still only at 200*. Is it normal for this to take so long to come up to temp? I've got everything set up just as the manual describes. All I can compare it to is my Brinkman bullet, which seems ready to go after 15 minutes, although I wait an extra 15 just to let everything settle in. If this is just life with the Smokenator, so be it. I just wanted to ask others if this is normal or not. Thanks.