if yer gonna use briquettes i suggest this- it's what i do - sam's choice(60%bigger) charcoal for $4.80ish & an 18lb.bag, bag of kingsford mesquite infused in the tan & black bag & a bag of mesquite chunks- start off w/ 2 handfuls ea. charcoal & 3-5 large mes. chumks(go to the bottom of the bag). add a handful(i have a brink smoke-n-pit offset, better known as the fuel hog 5000)every hour or when yer temp drops to 225 grate temp- choke the intake vent, not the stack vent(always run 1/2 open)water pan on the 1st grate(wrapped in foil)charcoal pan highest to lowest from left to right(if thats where your woodbox is ).check out the silver smoker mods thread under wood burners. i didn't see what you run but hope this helps.