First let me start by saying I am new to smoking besides electric. I have owned a cheap electric smoker made by brinkman. I just bought a Weber Smokey Mountain today the 22.5". What is the best charcoal to use when smoking? I purchased some cowboy charcoal but is stated it is Hickory, Oak and other wood mixed in. I live on two acres and have plenty of pecan wood I could throw in for flavor. When smoking do you leave the bottom vents fully open along with the top or do you adjust the bottom to get the correct temperature you are looking for? I am an Oklahoman at the moment but was raised in the midwest in Iowa. Gosh I sure do miss the hunting back home. The first piece I am going to attempt to smoke tomorrow is a pork loin.