Well the first time smoking experiment went fairly well. I had a hard time though keeping the temp up around 250 in my smoker. I've got a New Braunfels Oklahoma Joe model which looks like a vertical stack and a regular pit. I thought my problem might be the fact that i have to add a lot of briquettes to ge the heat up in the vertical section. Plus I was using wood chips and had the 5 minutes of smoke and then on fire problem. So..i was wondering if the charcoal lumps would be a better bet at getting my temp up where I need it and maintaining it. I was hustling every 30 minutes to get the temp up..shew! But hey.. It was worth it.