I just found this site and it's great. I've been bbq'ing for years and decided to try smoking meat. I went out and bought brinkmann Gourmet, I know it's a less expensive model but wanted a cheaper model to start. I tried grilling baby back ribs this weekend and they were black when I was done ( not sure it they were burnt or smoked black I believe they were smoked black because the grill never got all that hot) Now I follow the instructions and put 10 lbs of charcoal ( used a charcoal chimney to start) 3 chunks of wood (which I soaked in water for 30 minutes and wrapped in foil) and water. now the first hour the thermometer was between warm and ideal but was smoking an awful lot and I checked one of the pieces of wood and it was all black and charred. I did but another piece of wood in and let it run for the next couple of hours and after about 3 1/2 hours the ribs were all black. what did i do that was incorrect. I was thinking maybe I did soak the wood enough because the meat seemed blacken with smoke and I dont think the smoker was hotter then ideal. I do plan to install my own thermometer.