Originally Posted by Smokin rookie
No, I smoked for about 13 hours yesterday and went through one bag of Kingsford. I am in Louisiana and (sorry northerners) it was about 60 degrees yesterday. Minimal wind and since it threatened some rain I put the smoker under my carport to keep things dry ( didn't rain after all)I just hear people putting on their meat at night and it being finished in the morning!?! No way could I do that, I feel like I have to check on it constantly. I left for 2 hours yesterday to get ice-cream with my daughter and came back to it being 150 degrees.
It just seems hard to keep the temp up for extended periods and would love to not babysit it too much.
Ah yes.... the reason I switched to a WSM (Weber Smokey Mountain)
First of all welcome to the forum! As several members mentioned there are some mods you can make to your style of smoker to make it more efficient, but you will be tending to it a lot... even with mods. I had a similar smoker (Chargriller Smokin Pro) when I started, and I made the mods as well, but I was never happy with the smokers efficeincy. After about 8 months I sold it and bought a 22.5" WSM, and have never looked back.
Make the mods and it will be a better smoker, plus it is a great way to learn about fire controll.