Just put 4 four pound chickens on the Brinkmann about 1/2 hour ago. I brined 2 of them and rubbed the other two just as tasty experiments. I tend to have issues keeping the smoker temp around 225-250 so i dumped a small chimney started of lit, prepared coals on one side of the charcoal pan along with 2 chunks of cherry wood and one hickory chunk and layered the other side with unlit coals as this is somewhat how i took the 'minion method' to be. Temp inside is currently just about 300 degrees. Granted its only 29 degrees outside currently so i'm guessing that temp won't hold or raise much longer. My question is...should i have started with 1/2 or 2/3rd a chimney starter of lit coals instead? Any other suggestions are welcome as well. I'm guessing i just have to keep playing with it as much as possible smoking tasty treats until i get it right...dang. any opinions welcome.