As far as I have seen, there are only two methods for fixing this entry level smoker's major flaw, which is getting air to the charcoal basket:
One method is to drill holes in the supplied charcoal basket. IMO this is a PITA and is not effective. If the holes are not large enough, the ash won't fall through and you cannot get enough airflow. I can see that if you are using Lump there may be more potential to lose some smaller pieces of hot coals if you drill holes that ARE large enough to make the supplied pan work.
The second method is to go to your national home improvement store, i.e. Lowe's or Home Depot. They both sell a grilling wok that makes a perfect basket. The one from Lowe's is only $10 and is slightly larger than the other, but seems to have a coating that will not last forever. Here is a picture of it in use. Mine has been used 10-12 times and does have some rusting on it. It has warped and I can't imagine it lasting more than a couple years, but we'll see. For $10 bucks, do it.
For this basket to fit, you will have to bend the handles "up" so that it will sit over the factory hangers. A small pair of pliers will work just fine. As you can see, this pan is pretty deep and can hold plenty of fuel. You will never have problems getting your temp UP again. You will most likely need to decrease the amount of fuel you are used to using to maintain a 225-250 range.
Here is the second basket from Home Depot. It is full stainless steel and costs $12.98. It is a little smaller than the Lowe's version, but look at the fit. It slides right in without modification, perfection.
The first thing I noticed was that the stainless steel wok was not as deep. I do not think that this will be an issue at all since I usually at most only get the larger black wok half full after a long smoke.
I am using the stainless basket for the first time today, and will later show some pics of how it seems to be weathering. Here is a pic of the two woks side by side for comparison.
Lowe's on the left, Home Depot on the right:
I hope this helps someone down the line!!! Thx...