hey everyone...looking for some help as i am a newbie with this...i have a GOSM smoker, the smaller one, not the big block...im having trouble keeping my temperature at 225 it keeps rising to 250...but im going ton buy a thermometer because i have read it is never very accurate, can you guys suggest what kind of thermometer, like brand and all, having trouble finding one... my second thing is, i have no idea when to change the wood....also, i use an aluminum cake pan to put my wood chunks in...should i put charcoal under the wood chucnks? or just straight wood? now, i do not know when to change the wood...what i do is i wait until i see smoke coming out and then i take the burnt side of the wood and turn it over...then i wait until it starts smoking again and then the wood is burnt black on both sides and i change it...is that right, or no...i have no idea when to change the wood. and will changing it at the right time help with the temperature... also, when do i put the meat in to start smoking?? that may sound like a stupid ass question, but really, when? when the wood starts smoking? when the temperature hits where i want it to?? when?? lastly, do i change the liquid in the water pan at all throughout cooking? or do i just leave it. someone told me to put ice cubes in it too drop the temp down...so do i change it at all, what do i do? thanks everyone !