I am new to smoking. I have already seasoned my pit. Brinkmann Trailmaster w/ mods. I have a charcoal basket. I have seen to minion method of mixing charcoal and small chunks of flavored wood throughout. The snake method creating longer burns w/ wood on top. Creating a bed of charcoal and then using logs or sticks on top for fuel. As I am completely new to smoking. Which is the best way to learn for smoking meat? For seasoning all I did was fill my basket halfway up. Clear out a hole in the center for the chimney starter. After bringing the pit to temp I was placing 2x2 or 3x3 chunks of favored wood next to the basket. It seemed like when I placed these smaller pieces on top of the fire they flamed and burnt out too fast. I also had a hard time with the burn time. The fuel seemed to go out fast. I am looking for suggestions. I want to smoke some pork spare ribs tomorrow to start off. Thanks for the help .