Wish me luck. I'm doing my first brisket. Bout 10 lbs. Also have a 6lb butt on, but unless something goes major wrong I'm good to go on that one. Smoker lit at 5, and TBS out at 6:00, meat in at 6:15. I'm preburning everything as usual for me. Little galvanized bucket I keep on the side with a few burning coals in it. Dump more in the bucket to get them lit as needed, and stoke up the firepit. I know I know, galvanized, but I don't use it in the smoker, just on the side and it's a good distance away from people. Besides, I've been using it so long I doubt it's dangerous anymore.