I started my first smoke today. When setting up for it last night I realized a simple modification that may reduce the hot/cold side issue. I have a horizontal smoker with side wood burner (pic provided) and have read that they have issues with the side closest to the burner being hotter than the side furthest (logically so). The charcoal grate in mine is connected to a pan rounded to match the contour of the smoker and has hangers that allow you to adjust the height to adjust the heat. Since I am not using a heat source in the smoke I thought, "What if I turn this upside down and hang it just above the inlet from the burner?" So, I tried it and it worked. I THINK this will help distribute the heat throughout the smoker instead of it being so concentrated on the burner side. There is still a gap between the "heat distributor" and the burner wall, so it isn't a perfect setup, but I do think it is a better setup. Thoughts?