Hey Im new to these forums and smoking meat. I have a fox hunter bullet smoker, very similar to the brinkman or "ecb" smokers. I fired it up for the first time yesterday and attempted to smoke a 3lb brisket. I used charcoal brickettes and hickory chips, however after 7 hours cooking it wasnt done so i finished it in the oven. Ill count it as a partial sucess as it was bloody delicious! I couldnt get the smoke above 180f although thermometer was a bit suspect (new digital one om way!). Im putting the lack of heat down to: 1) insufficient fuel - i used the snake method to lay out the coals and lit up around 6 coals in a chimeny to get it going. Going to try a different method next time. 2) i did drill holes im the tray to let ash out but at 1/4" may be too small 3) although i used boiling water in the pan i filled it to 3/4 full which may have been too much? 4) uk outdoor door temp is spring may be too low. Could i insulate the smoker? Any other suggestions?