My name is Chris and I'm form Washington state. I've been smoking for a few years on a gourmet electric smoker and got pretty decent at it. I just purchased a new smoker form Home Depot last weekend. It is a Brinkmann Smoke'N Pit Pit master charcoal and wood smoker & grill with the offset firebox. Going from electric and one constant temp. to a charcoal and wood combination I couldn't figure out how to get my temp up and then maintain it. I feel like I went through a lot of charcoal and wood. I used 3 chimney stacks of charcoal and a lot of cherry wood in about 5.5 hours. I was smoking a 4 lb pork loin. It seemed no matter what I did though I just couldn't get much hotter than about 155 degrees.
So I guess my 1st question to everybody is, did I use to much charcoal? Is there a trick to making it last longer and burn hotter? What is a good charcoal to wood ratio? Any tips or advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you all in advance.........Chris