Well Im really glad that I found this web forum. Im sure that I can get some expert advice for the problems that im having. Bought a new Brinkmann smoke king. First time to use it so I was going to season it first. Got a good mound of coals going in the fire box. I was using hardwood charcole. Could not get the gauge in the cooking chamber to go past 160 deg. After using 10lbs of hardwood charcole, I gave up. Of course the fire box and the cooking chamber are connected by a large opening, but that didnt really seem to help. Should I have shoveled some of the coals into the bottom of the cooking chamber? The instructions didnt say anything about doing this. The bottom really doesnt look like it's made for that. But I could be wrong. I know, I sound like a world class moron. But Ive never owned a smoker like this before. Thanks for any and all help. Dan in Tex.