Hi, I was searching around for tips and came upon this site. I got a Brinkmann vertical smoker for Father's Day. So far, I've done a 5 pound picnic shoulder and about 10 pounds of ribs. The shoulder came out OK, but the ribs undercooked so I had to finish them in the oven. Couldn't seem to get the temp to rise above 175 for the first 5 hours and have never been able to get it above 212. I'm thinking I'll try lump charcoal next; I've read that it burns a little hotter than briquettes. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.