It is a Char-Broil off-set charcoal smoker (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Char-Broil...moker/13056698
) it looks almost identical to the Brinkmann Smoke N Pit, I was using hardwood charcoal, Cowboy something or another, I poured maybe 2" in the firebox and hollowed out the center, and added a hot chimney full. I was using a 12" long probe thermometer that I stuck/clipped onto the opposite side of the firebox, on the bottom sidw of the lid, and it was reading 250 when the stock thermometer read at about 1/4 - 1/3 of the way into ideal. It only seems to keep a good heat for an hour or two. I added a second chimney full when the temp dropped, but I couldn't get it to go back up, and the charcoal rack was glowing red, and warping on the outside of the firebox.
The last thing I smoked was 6lb of boneless chicken breast, and a fattie which I ended up finishing off in the oven because I couldn't get them upto 160-165, the would go past 140. I am wanting to do ribs, but I have no idea how to keep the heat going steady for that long.