Guys, I am still fighting to keep the heat around 220*. I think a big part of the problem was the fact that it was around 25* outside. I started off w/ 15 lbs. of charcoal and added more as needed, which was often. I also added wood which helped considerably. my question is: Would a charcoal basket help? Im thinking that all of that charcoal smothers itself out from all of the ash when it burns down. Should I clean the ashes out as I am cooking or is it a 'bad thing" to loose heat??? I have heard that if the internal temp of your meat goes down it can be bad. Help (again). and THANKS!