First try with water smoker and I am pleased to say all went well. I did a chicken and some ribs and they both turned out pretty good. I did learn a few things, but I think the main thing is to just relax and have fun and chances are you'll wind up with some good food regardless of mistakes. Here is the quick rundown: Brined chicken, rubbed ribs, I used a pretty spicey mix for the rub and really caked it on ribs they turned out very hot. I fired up the smoker and as soon as the coals were ready I put the meat on. And thew on some wood . Put on the lid and let it go for two hours. I have one of those oven dial thermometers and left it on top rack. It was reading around 275. I moved the thermo to the bottem rack and it read 350. I did try and cool it down by taking the lid off for a few minutes and spritzing the coals . At 2.5 hours I checked the meat temps and they both appeared to be done. I did the AJ and foil on the ribs for 1/2 an hour. Took the foil off for a other 45 min or so and by then I was really hungry so I ate it. Tasted good, the ribs didn't fall off the bones, but pulled off easily, and the chiken tasted moist and smokey.