It's so exciting! I feel like a giddy newbie again! WooHoo! I finished the basic mods toight and lite it off ASAP! Using Cowboy brand lump charcoal - all we have around here from Home Depot and hickory chunk I cut from fire wood on my table saw. Don't laugh the table saw worked great making slices of those hickory logs in short order! The temperature is staying around 250 in the middle but it's still hotter on the firebox side (good thing I'm starving). I'm going to have to play like I'm grilling and movethe chicken all around the smoker. One thing I noticed right away ... You can't put as much on these things as you can on 5 shelves in the Smoke Vault! It also uses WAY MORE fuel! Here's the first pictures of my chicken. (Too late for anything else): More to come!