First smoke and solid at 225, nice! Can I ask how you started the coals, how many coals lit at the beginning, coal / wood ratio? I had trouble keeping my mini WSM (gold) below 275 yesterday. I lit ten coals to start and added them around the bowl, kept the side vents vents wide open until it hit 200 F, then started shutting the vents. I had them fully closed by the time it hit 225 and they remained closed for the rest of the 8.5 hour smoke with temps around 275 the first four hours and between 250 and 260 the last four. I think I either lit too many coals to start, need a bigger heat sink, kept the side vents fully open for too long, or a combination of the three. Thanks!