Hi all. Just bought a Charbroil silver smoker and saw a thread on here with all kinds of mods addressing the exact things I encountered in my first smoke last weekend. VERY COOL heat deflector plate. I am very excited about learning to smoke! I have a wonderful wife and 4 small kids 3-10 and all are also excited about it. I bought this cheap smoker to start with because my dad has one and loves it and is darn good with it. Any advice and tips or recipes is much appreciated. I have 10 acres of hardwoods and Have already made 3 5-gal buckets full of maple chunks, but they are green and will need a few months I guess (bummer). But I'm stoked because I have oak, shag bark hickory, white hickory, ash and many more trees. Much of it is already down...thanks to the storms this last week!