Im new to smoking but the few things I have smoked have turned out fairly goog. I have a Char-Broil off set smoker. It has a small box on one side (for the wood I think) and then about a 30gal drum for the food. Im having a problem keeping the temp steady. This is how I use it and im not sure if its right. I use charcoal for heat then when the temp is up I put wood that I have soaked in water on the coals for the smoke. It seams like I use alot of charcoal to keep the temp up. I have made a few chickens and turned out fine and have good smoke flavor.