Well I've been an electric smoker for some time now, and as some of you know from my last post I just got what we believe is a silver smoker. However I've read that the smoke n' pit is a little larger, I think this may be a brinkman. Anyhoo... Man is it hard to keep the temp down! I have the baffle in, expanded steel coal basket (raised), and foiled fire brick in the main body. For my first attempt today I'm smokin' a fatty and a pork but. So I decided to try the improvised minion method. I had 1/2 of the basket 3/4 filled with unlit lump, then 1/2 of a chimney filled with lump. When the lump in the chimney got nice and red, I put it in the empy part of the basket farthest from the main chamber next to the unlit lump and added a stick of oak (1"x10") and a chunk of hickory (the size of a fist). Even with the firebox vent totally closed, it was ringing in over 400º for quite a while! I had to keep opening the main chamber to bring the temp down. Clearly the fire had too much fuel,the unlit lump caught up really quick. After a few hours when the fuel became a nice bed, the temp evened out around 220º-260º. However I definitely noticed that just by adding one stick or chunk, it would increase by 40º or more for 10-15 minutes then start decreasing fairly rapidly. By this time the intake vent actually became usefull now! It suprised me to see how quickly the regulating of the opening had closing effected the temp. I also noticed that after the lump starts to die out, It really wanted to fade fast (under 200º). So I chose to only add sticks and wood, rather than more lump to keep the temp up. I yanked it at 165º foiled it and it's in the oven right now at 250º. Hope it turns out good! My next attempt, I'm going to just ad lit lump, then add unlit lump as needed and try that.