Fired up the new smoker yesterday for my first try at jerky. I started out Saturday with 2 lbs bottom round and regular flavor HiMtn. I purchased the jerky board and knife a week or so ago. Got the strips marinated and in the fridge they went. Fired up the smoker about 7 pm temp about 28. Brought the temp up to 150 and it held there for awhile, so in they went. I went and checked in an hour and it climbed to 180. I used the clean water that was in it from the test fire the day before, so I think the water getting hot brought the temp up. Well I turned it down a bit. Rented a movie with the boys and when I went back out and checked it the temp was down to 120. So I cranked it back up a wee bit and finally got it done about midnight. Experimentation will prevail!! Just have to get used to the new smoker. I guess the snow and ice didn't help! Over all success, the jerky is great!