I put some more briquettes on and left it a little longer. again, the temp didn't increase, i also made sure the chimney cover was open wide for more heat as I read that this is what I was supposed to do.
I also put some soaked and toweled dry apple wood chips on the briquettes and although it created smoke and smelt nice, the temp still didn’t increase.
in the end, i was too hungry and had to use the smaller smoker box as a BBQ and the steaks and sausages cooked perfectly.
can someone please tell me what i am doing wrong as I don't know why I’m not getting any temperature. I have bought 2 recommended books and none of them talk about the smoker and how to set it up although the food in the books look good