Newbie here. I have a Brinkman Gourmet charcoal smoker, which is ok but it seems I need to make some mods to get the best results. I was given a Brinkman electric smoker, which I promptly traded for the charcoal after one use. The chamber didn't fit right and it just didn't do well. And I read that a lot of people prefer charcoal and I found out I do, too. My first thing is to put in a real thermometer. I have a grill thermometer that I can put in pretty easily. I just need to add a plate so it will fit the hole. After that, I will move on to the other mods as I have time. I don't get use it as much as I'd like but when I do use it, mmmmmmmmmmmm. My family isn't much into smoked foods but I am. I did some ribs last night and while they weren't fall off the bone, man, they were tasty! I need to work on getting them to the fall off the bone stage but I will certainly enjoy the practice. Anyway, glad I found this site and I'm sure I'll learn a lot here.