I am new to the smoking world. I love the taste of smoked meats and I wanted to try it myself. I have a Char-broil offset smoker. I haven't done any mods if anyone can give me ideas on the mods it will help me a great deal. I used the smoker yesterday and I had trouble keeping the temp at 250 it would either get to hot and I would remove some coal and it would be fine for a little while and then the temp would start to drop I would add more coal but it would take to long to come back up to 250. I also tried adding dry wood chunks but once they started to burn the temp would get to hot again. I also would like to know should I soak my wood chunks for an hour or throw them on the coal dry for the smoke. Please help.