after getting off work this morning at 0630, i decided to come home and catch a short nap and then get up and tinker w/ the smoker. i knew i didn't have much gas left, but had enough to try and get some settings down. this is were the day started to go downhill. while taking my digital therm. outside to get some readings, my son ran into me knocking out of my hand. the unit hit the patio and cracked wide open. no big deal, had a backup that i bought the other day. pulled that out and the unit wouldn't sync to the base. GREAT so i decided to play around anyway and was able to get some constant temps by using the door gauge. got it down to 190 (and this was in the middle of the day) giving it about turning it 1/4 turn from the off setting (although i wasn't gettin much smoke) and got a constand 225-250 range using the low setting (i kept messing w/ the damper to raise and lower the temps). while all this was going on, i decided to take some my large hickory chunks and chop them into smaller pieces. while doing this, my hatchet pierced the edge of a piece and came down right onto my thumb! thankfully my hatchet wasn't too sharp, so i only took a chunk of skin out instead of loosing a thumb. so my wife tells me to return the one therm. that wouldn't sync. so i take it back to wally world and they're out of them! i did get my money back, but will have to try and find another one tomorrow. when i get home, she has a very nice suprise for me....a 5 lb pork butt sitting on the counter! just got done rubbing it up, got a beer in me, so now my day is much better! sorry for the long post, just had to vent! without further ado.....the qview! the butt the rub the butt rubbed and ill be spraying it withapple juice and rum...yum! more to follow tomorrow, especially since it's my first butt and the maiden voyage for the gosm!