I had the maiden voyage for my first UDS build this past weekend………so many questions. First, let me give you some specs. It is your typical UDS build: 3-1 in. holes, 2 inches from the bottom (2 with ¾ steel nipples and the 3rd with a ¾ ball valve.) Food grate 7 inches from the top (I’m using a domed lid) Another grate 14 inches from the top - I’m using this to hold a drip pan. Small steel brackets were welded in the drum instead of drilling holes for bolts to hold the grates. I lucked out with that, my father-in-law can weld. Charcoal basket made with expanded metal, charcoal grate, and pizza pan. Diameter is 13.5 in., it’s about 8 in. high and I’m using 4 in. bolts so that it stands 3 inches above the pizza pan. Here was the game plan: 11lb. brisket Charcoal basket pretty much full, approx. 10 lbs of Royal Oak natural lump charcoal (stuff you can get at wal-mart) and I put in maybe 8 chunks of hickory (size of half a fist or smaller) mixed with the charcoal. Began with approx. half a chimney starter of charcoal. I made sort of a dip/hole in the charcoal and dumped the lit charcoals into that spot. Weather conditions: It was extremely windy and about 45-50 degrees. What happened: It started with thick white smoke, then after a while there was some nice thin blue smoke, but this lasted 2 hours at the most. After that I could no longer see any smoke, even at times when the wind slowed down. The temp held fairly well. I adjusted with the valves from time to time, but 10 hours in it lost steam and I had to finish in the oven. I looked at the charcoal and it pretty much all burned up excluding a few small pieces. The result: There was a very small smoke ring in the brisket and not much smoke flavor. I was very disappointed. Questions: What the heck happened? I read stories of how a UDS can last 15+ hours, but mine only lasted to 10. Did I start with too much lit charcoal? Is my basket too small and I need to have more charcoal to burn? How do you produce smoke for several hours without adding more wood? Did the windy conditions cause some of the problems? Any help or guidance will be appreciated. Thanks!