my new smokenator just arrived in mail last week. finally got a chance to try it out last night. i bought the full package with the hover grill and thermometer. wanted to test but didnt want to ruin anything important so i smoked some garlic that i will dehydrate and grind into smoked garlic powder. smokenator worked pretty good but had to mess with vent on my weber a bit. i need to learn to make an adjustment and wait a while because it takes a while to take effect. i was adjusting way too much . got 5 hour cook out of 36 kingsford briquettes plus 14 to start it. not bad use of fuel. my first experience with minion method. still not too sure about smoldering briquettes. think i will try with lump or natural hardwood briquettes next time. dome temp fluctuated between 225 and 280 grilll temp was 195-250. garlic tasted awesome strait off grill but i think powder will be a great addition to my rub! great product with alot of time put into users manual.