I took a shot at a brisket today with the idea of using wood instead of charcoal. I used a chimney of charcoal to get things started and then started adding cherry wood. Temperature control was a bigger challenge than I anticipated and I had a couple of spikes to 300 degrees. No harm, no foul but I had to foil the brisket and I never achieved the bark I was hoping for. It tasted good but the rub was a little salty and I'll probably go with Jeff's rub on the next one.
It was only my second brisket and I'm satisfied with the results but nowhere near happy with it.