First post here, be gentle.
I finally pulled the trigger on the cheapo Master Forge Charcoal Smoker at Lowes, and I was super excited to use it. Got it home, put it together (not terrible), added charcoal, lit, and WHOOSH.
Within a couple minutes the fire was way too big, and was peeking out through the seams in the smoker, the door, etc. Bubbled up the exterior of the can, I had to end up using a fire extinguisher and embarrassing myself. I am guessing I just had too damn much charcoal in there, but who knows?
Anyway, I was wondering... in that sort of smoker (cheap bullet, obvi) how much charcoal are you using?
As a side note, for those do you recommend a smoker box, or can I just put soaked chips around the edge of my briquettes?