Hello all, nice website here. Just signed up yesterday and I'm very excited about it. I'm an Iowa native living in Minnesota (saw a Buckeye fan on here, maybe we can get a Big Ten rivalry thing going ). My grandpa was a hog farmer, so naturally I've always been a huge fan of barbecued pork all my life. Last year I bought my first smoker (a Brinkmann Smoke n' Grill - vertical water smoker) and have been experimenting with rubs and sauces ever since. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but at least this hobby keeps me out of trouble. :twisted: When using my smoker, my coals seem to die out more frequently than they should. I think the problem could be one or both of the following: 1. There are no vents on my grill to control airflow; and 2. I soak my woodchips in water for 30-45 minutes, then wrap them in foil and place them on top of the coals when I'm ready to start cooking, which might suffocate the coals. I've been tempted to drill some holes in the side of the grill at the level of the charcoal pan to improve oxygen flow, but thought I would ask for some feedback first. Any help would be appreciated.