Hello everyone, I'm totally new to smoking meat and would like some tips and or advice with smoking brisket. I bought a Brinkmann Split-Door Smoker at Wal-Mart for $69.00 (Clearance) along with some Mesquite chunks. I read about modifying the coal pan with holes, which I plan on doing tomorrow morning before I cure my smoker. I bought a small brisket (7lbs) to start and just need to pick up some charcoal and lighter fluid. I bought a bag of pre treated charcoal, but the instructions don't recommend using it. I have also read about the thermometers being faulty, should I replace it before even using it or wait and see? What rubs do you guys like? I just want a traditional kind. I'll experiment later. I am originally from Houston, TX, but live in Idaho. Not much Bar-B-Que here. Not very good, anyway. There's a Famous Dave's, but I've had better. So please send me some replies. And thanks in advance, I'll be reading the forums tomorrow to get educated on this art. Here's to playoffs tomorrow!!!