I smoked my first ribs this weekend and they were pretty good. I placed my order for the wireless maverick thermometer from AMAZIN last WED. and received it on FRI with free shipping. After that mods or not I wanted some ribs. I started the smoker warming up and placed a bread pan full of water in the smoker next to the firebox. After I placed the meat on I realized I forgot to put drip pans in and forgot to lower the stack (oh well). I forgot to get a spray bottle so I used a baster to put apple juice on the ribs. I ran out of charcoal at the 4 1/2 hour mark, so I finished them in the oven. One was wrapped in foil the other was in a pan covered in foil with a homemade sauce added. I should have uncovered the ribs with the suace as it did not thicken up good until they were reheated. I was very happy with the results and wanted to thank everyone here for the help.
Temperatures were fairly stable using the Minion method but would spike whenever I added more wood chunks to the charcoal. I've already spoken with my uncle who is a metal fabricator about making me a baffle and some tuning plates. From searching on here I was planning on placing the plates about 2 3/4 in. below the cooking surface. Does this sound about right or should I go higher or lower and can you explain why you would do it differently?