I have a new Brinkman verticle charcoal smoker. My biggest issue is that I can't seem to get it hot enough. According to the temp gauge, it gets to about 150, or less, holds steady, then dies out.
I was thinking of making some modifications to it, namely, drilling some holes in the bottom to allow more air for the fire, or, making some type of open and close vents on the sides for the same purpose, to allow more air in to get the fire going better.
I know I need to keep the heatb low and slow, but it would not cook a 3 pound brisket after smoking for 3-4 hours. It wasn't even close to being done. It just doesn't seem to generate the heat. I had the coal pan filled, and added coal as well. The coal pan is directly below the water pan, maybe the water pan is too close??? I don't know. Maybe I need an even bigger mound of coal? Or, will some mods help this smoker to breathe better?