Well, it has been awhile since I last came in here. A combination of time and some first time smoking frustration kept me away for a little while. I had some good BBQ at a picnic last week, and it really has me ready to get smoking again (now to just work out the time...) I have a rectangular vertical Brinkmann smoker with 2 doors on the front. I have had a little trouble finding it on the net specifically. I believe last time (and from some advice recieved here) I may have had an ash problem, snuffing out my coals. I was thinking of just trying to drill holes in the pan and placing a foil pan on the floor underneath, allowing ash to fall through. Any thought for or against, or recomendations? I had thought of using a baking cooling rack, but the coal pan is a little small in diameter for this. Also, I just saw some posts about placing bricks in the smoker, maybe I shoudl add a few of these? Thanks!