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I have an OLD (10 yrs or so) offset firebox smoker. I think it came from Wal Mart (couple of hundred bucks I think), old Brinkman smoker. I can take pictures but I'd guess you guys have seen hundreds of them.

But my problem is this. If you want to use to to smoke food, it uses a LOT of lump charcoal and its pretty hard to maintain a even temperature. Am I doing something wrong here. I think the last time I smoked anything in it, it used a bag of lump and a bag of wood (7-10 lbs apiece) and I ran out about 16 hrs into it. Seems to me that there is a waste of space under the grates. Do you recommend any sort of firebrick or something to 'contain' the heat? I'd hate to run out and buy a new smoker if I can make this one work like it should. I did find a new Bubba Keg for $400 but why spend the money if I can make this one functional? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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The inexpensive offsets don't maintain heat very well without a few mods. The most critical is a heat baffle of some kind. Here is a more generic article that shows a few mods you can do to improve the performance of a cheap offset.

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