my name is rick, i'm in wichita kansas! just purchased a char griller with the side fire box. i have grilled over charcoal for years, but have NEVER tried to smoke meat before. i haven't tried it yet, but am anxious to get going. so far my understanding is this: use lump hardwood charcoal for heat, and add a few chunks of wood for the smoke flavor. i bought some hickory chunks and apple chunks. am i basically on the right track? also, i have been reading quite a few threads on here over the past few days, i noticed that alot of people make mods to there units. is this totally needed to get decent results or is just a way to tweek and improve things? can i expect to do ok with the smoker without any mods? thanks for any input. and.......GO CHIEFS!!!!