Hello all - I have really enjoyed reading the posts today and wish I would have read more before beginning. Nonetheless I have a new Brinkmann vertical two door unit that I made a propane mod on yesterday to get it started and regulate the temp. So far so good. I used lump charcoal (just a few pieces) and some pecan chunks and the gas is barely on to keep a nice 225. Here is my concern- during the first hour I think I had too much smoke at times and not enough flow. I have since opened the top vents all the way and I removed one chunk of wood to reduce the amount of smoke. I have now added it back and things look ok. I guess there is no exact way of knowing but I wonder how long a time with somewhat heavy smoke before it may ruin our dinner party... I am now 1 1/2 hours in on some back ribs. This being the first time on this unit makes me nervous. I know how to do it well on my weber but I bought this to improve and am now concerned. Any thoughts? thanks in advance!