Ok, so as the title reads I failed on my first attempt. I had thought that I did enough research. Boy was I wrong! Im not a quitter though so here we go again. There were some modifications I realized I needed to do before attempting another smoke. This saturday will be my 2nd attempt. I will have a new thermometer set up. Sealing up some areas that would allow heat to escape. I will be installing a baffle and tuning plates and making a coal box as well as extending the exhaust tube down within an inch or two of the grate. With all of that being said and if those modifications are a good start and can get me going here are a few of my questions: 1. Whats a good meat for beginners to begin with? 2. How much charcoal do I need to start off with? 3. Once the coals are going how many wood chunks do I need? 4. Where is the best placement for the wood chunks? On the coals or next to them? I know that I need to pay attention to the heat and make adjustments as the process goes on, but if there are any tricks or tips they would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading and I look forward to any advice.