I have aquired a used smoker and it is in good shape. I needed to clean it well, powerwasher and elbow grease, to avoid what I thought was an eminent fire. After I did that I started my normal coals in the firebox and added some hickory to see how it heats up and where the smoke rolls out of or leaks in the lid seal. I found a couple of places where I made some adjustments and it is much better now. I was a little upset when I found the temp gauge in the lid was only reaching 175 or so. I placed a probe on the grate and measured about the same (~185). I tried to fool with the amount of air feeding my firebox and too much I got a fire so I cut it back a little. I had an awesome smoke form the stack and even adjusting that baffle on the top did not make too much difference in internal temp of the smoker.
I am lost and confused as I no longer know where to look to make an adjustment anymore. The plethora of experience here and the different pits we all have, I'm sure there are users out there with the same problem and how they solved it.
Thanks and cheers!