First I'd like to say thank you for all the help I've gotten from this site. I've been reading as much as I can since a joined a few weeks ago. And I finally got the courage to actually smoke something. I've never smoked anything before. So, I'm completely new to smoking. I've been grilling for years...we'll see it that helps any. Lol.
I went with a whole chicken (6 lbs) and about 8 thighs. It turned out awesome. My fiancee said it was the best chicken she has ever tasted. The skin (just like I read) was a bit rubbery, but that's ok. I was prepared for that. I was going to put it on the grill for a little while but I figured I would try it just smoked and see how it was for myself. Now I know for next time. I'll try grilling it next time.
I used royal oak lump charcoal along with cherry wood. It wasn't too hard to control the temp. It ranged from 200-240 degrees. I did a few mods to my grill. I did the smoke stack extension, JB weld smoke box seams and applied the high temp gasket around the fire box and cooking chamber.
I used more fuel than I was expecting but that's ok. I'm sure it's all a part of the learning curve.
I think I will try ribs next.
I love this stuff. Thanks again everyone.