It's quite apparent that I'm a smoking FNG'S and that along this journey one of the most important things that I can do is LEARN my smoker. I have a New Braunfels horizontal offset smoker. So here's something that I observed today with some questions to accompany them. I filled my charcoal basket full with lump, dug out the middle and deposited a half chimney of briquettes. It fired right up and with the intake and exhaust wide open it held around 300 for the longest time. After a half an hour I decided to open up the doors to cool it a bit. Of course since then I've been struggling to keep it high enough. OBSERVATION When playing with the intake and exhaust I realized that when I began to shut the exhaust the temperature would go down. It's been explained to me before on here that when smoking with a horizontal offset that you start it with lump and continue until the end with wood. So here's the question, would you keep the wood fire going, which will be hot, and bring the temperature down by closing the exhaust a bit?