I am doing some summer sausage and was unable to get any smoke below 200 deg. Since the instructions told me to smoke at 140 to start with I decided to try something. I loaded the chip tray with dry chips. I got a butane torch and lit the chips until I had good coals going on the top. It seems to work! Each time I load up the chip tub I get it going first and all seems well! I don't know if anyone else is having trouble getting low temp smokes but I thought I would share for anyone that is.