I am new, you can see my into in the Roll Call section. I bought my GOSM from WalMart and it is the one that has one vent on top, but none on the sides. I seasoned it tonight. I also set the controller on low. Had water in the pan and the vent fully opened. I put a thermometer on the middle grate. After all stabilized, the temp read 300 on the external gage that came with the unit and 275 on the internal thermometer. Also, the temperature outside was about 85 at the time. Most of the time during the summer it is at or near 100. So, will the heat lower enough once I add meat to it to bring it down to ~225? What is most effective mod that can be made for giving more control at lower temps. I was thinking that possibly plugging every 4th or so hole on the burner would probably work. I have a friend who is a welder and I am sure he could do it. But, I don't want to do anything permanent that I might regret come winter time. I am sure this has been discussed before, I just haven't been able to find the thread(s), so if anyone can point me to some other info that would be great. Oh, I did see something that was mentioned about a needle valve. Has anyone done this? Where can the parts be bought? Sorry for so many questions. I am anxious to get started, but want to make sure I get my arms around this before I get in the middle of a smoke and then be completely frustrated.