Hello everyone. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I read a post and now I have more questions. When I joined this site, I was sure that I was going to go electric as far a smoker goes, just because it was a set it and forget it kinda thing. I did not understand the wood method and figured it was just too time consuming and hard to get and hold accurate temps. Now a few months later, and reading many many posts and help from several members, I am set on using wood as my heat source. I have already gotten the material for building an offset. This morning I read a post about using a barrel, (burn barrel) to make coals then shovel them in your smoker and use them for heat and 'the thin blue smoke". Please correct me if Im wrong here, but dont most offset smokers simply build the fire in the sidebox and burn the wood down to embers and add a stick every now and then to maintain?