So currently I have the brinkman vert smoker. I have had it for almost a year now and still yet to successfully smoke anything. I tried approx four times last year first with ribs and chicken thighs. These smoked for about 8 hours and the thighs were pretty dang raw inside. I 've moved it to windy areas, non-windy areas sunny areas, you name it Problem: The smoker doesn't reach temp. It never reaches 200 F. I've read that this smoker (as well as other Brinkman's) continually have these issues. Solution: Drill holes in the pan? That didn't work. So now I am going to buy a grilling wok for this as it should fit and has many holes in it already. I also bought a fiberglass oven gasket kit for the two doors. I really hope that this helps/get and keep the smoker at temp. Question: There are four vents on this smoker two lower two upper, what is the recommendation for setting the vents. keep closed, open partial? Are there any other thoughts as to what may need to be done to get this smoker functional as it was intended to be? Fiberglass rope Charmglow grilling wok And, a lot less smoke coming out the doors!