Well, the evening was a huge improvement over my previous pseudo-smoker, but still required @ 6 trips out to adjust (maybe more). Thankfully I'm a light sleeper so I hear the beep quickly, get out there (brrr), then can rest deeply or fall asleep quickly.
My smoke is..darn near invisible. I was concerned of not seeing enough of it, but I'm definitely burning wood chips enough and it smells great, so I think it's just that this smoker doesn't pump clouds of it out??
Finally getting a handle on how to keep my temps in the right range. It's interesting that my two Redi-Chek thermos read so differently but I'm pretty sure it's all about placement of the probes, and the fact that I'm only burning one of the two burners. I've switched back and forth to learn the effect, and sure enough, the probe on the burner side reads higher.
I am definitely going to find a good needle valve. I'd like to be able to use both burners (more smoke, even heat) but currently with both on the lowest setting, temps get too high.
My fatty just it 165 as I type this -exactly 2h. :-)