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1st time really need temp + mod advice

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im in the process of smoking ribs for the first time with a master forge charcoal smoker.

Its the same one used in this video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQseO8Y2sMA

and pretty much the same as this picture   http://www.amazon.com/Master-Forge-Charcoal-Smoker-CBS1101L/dp/B004Q0951U/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

 

I thought I should do the minion method to slow cook my ribs for 6-7 hours.

My problem is that I cant get the temp over 200F.

 

this thing doesn't come with any vents. it has a hole in the bottom under the charcoal area and that's it. I want to change the charcoal area to a rack to avoid smothering but im wondering if I should add a vent. Iv seen people add them to the top of the lid but theres no flat spot on the lid so im thinking it would just leak all the time. Also, should I add a vent like thing to the hole on the bottom to control the intake?

 

What do you guys think? im on the 3rd hour of my first smoke so I don't know what im doing.

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