Hey everyone. 2nd year of smoking, and still learning. My biggest problem is that it seems my smoker gets too hot, even tho I stay at a constant 250 give or take a few degrees. For instance, yesterday I tried my first brisket (approx 6Lbs.) Taste was good, but it only took about 3 hrs to get to 170. It seems all my food cooks so quickly. Am I using too many hot coals? Should I let the coals set for a while? I usually just wait for the smoker to get to the desired temp, and start smoking. A also saw after the fact that brisket should get to almost 200. But it still wouldn't have taken 6-7 hours. Even when I smoke poultry, it seems to cook incredibly fast. Any advice would help. Thanks!