Anybody got a Brinkman vertical Charcoal/Wood Smoker? Or anybody got some advise for more heat? here's the deal... I know more air is supposed to increasse the heat, but that dont seem to be working either. Ive used Kingsford Charcoal to get things started, and use Mesquite wood Chips to keep the fire going. i try to regulate the air intake but I struggle to get my temp to reach 200. ive been attempting brisket and beef ribs with sub par results. it takes me like 8-10 hours to get em close to done and their still a little red on the inside. ive also tried putting a thermometer inside but it reads the same as the one on the outside of the door. Do I need to know some special secret techniques to stating a real good fire or something? Is Mesquite wood burn weak? or do i just need to throw some lighter fluid on the whole damn thing and go buy a better one, i just dont know.