I'm a new smoker and amateur griller. I have a Brinkmann Heavy Gauge Charcoal Drum. I'm working to control the temperatures to get a nice 225F smoke. I'm not there yet. I've smoked some chicken and it turned out great. Port butt is probably next. I've modified my grill, sealed leaks and doors and fixed door hinges (they were loose). Next are temperature probe ports, a heat baffle and a smoke baffle (to limit oxygen). We'll see about a charcoal basket. I don't know if I need one yet.