I have a horizontal offset smoker w/ sfb. I have not made any mods to it. I can get it to hold steady temps using a modified minion where I have an area of lit coals in one corner and a trail of charcoal around the perimeter of the firebox. With a few strategically placed wood chunks it puts out pretty consistent thin smoke. But 30-40 min. later I am stirring coals or raking them to the corner and building a new trail. I really don't mind tending the fire that often but I would like to be able to leave it alone for an hour or two at a time. I have seen a lot of sfb users have the charcoal basket-how long of a burn do you get? Do you have trouble with temps getting too hot with all that fuel? I want to make the change if it will help but not if I am just gonna trade one set of problems for another. Thanks for any feedback.