Dang, I had great consistency and end results with my Brinkman all winter and spring. These last two smokes, it takes off like a frieght train and runs hot. Got a picnic on there right now, and it's running almost 50* hot. I even took coals out. The only thing I can figure, is that all winter and spring it was very breezy/windy. Last two smoke, much more still. Even with a wind break, the wind must still be stealing a lot of heat when it's breezy. Guess I'll have to break down and modify it so that I can control my intake. Has only one large, uncontrolled hole right now. Either that, or I'll sell it in the front yard and just use the Weber kettle and Smokenator. SIGH.......... Why didn't I buy a WSM???????