So I just bought a "new" used wood smoker. Up until this point i have been using my MES 30 and have loved that I thought that i would like to try a Wood smoker. So i found one on craigslist and picked it up for $60. So now i need to learn how to use this. I have looked through the history on the forum to find out what would be best and I seem to be at a loss as to what would be the best way to start the fire up and get the heat going. I was trying to get it heated up today to clean it out and then get the idea how the best to regulate the heat. So all I used was some wood chunks a few chips and firestarter. That really didn't seem to work that great. So what I am wondering is...... 1) what i did was perfect just need to use more firestarter and wood to get. 2) I should use charcoal and get it going until it is started to be coals and ashing then add the wood chucks. 3) or....... This is a New Braunfels Smoker used smoker not sure the model. would love to figure out it.