Alright, so I started out with an ECB - namely, the Brinkmann Gourmet Chacoal Smoker & Grill. I've decided to "upgrade" to the Brinkmann Vertical Smoker, because of the vents that actually allowed you to "control" the temperature and smoke, and a real guage that actually showed the temperature - both of these things supposing to be great tools to keep the temperature where I need it to be. First problem I had: couldn't get the temperature above 200. Got the wok from Home Depot as was suggested in another thread. I was able to get the temperature up - but now I had another problem... the heat goes below boiling after 1 1/2 hours, and the charcoal is burnt out after 2 hours. The boston butt that I tried to smoke came out bloody - needless to say, I was looking forward to better barbecue with this thing; and I was disappointed. On the one hand, I'm glad I wasn't quick to throw out my ECB, but on the other hand, if I go back to using the ECB; then I just wasted a total of 90 bucks (smoker and wok). Any suggestions to save this thing and make it worth the hard-earned cash spent on it?