Well im 2 hours into my 4th attempt. this time using lump instead of straight wood. trying to overcome what I have found out to be crestone(thankx to this site smokin bob, tex, and desertlites.) Got a nice brisket and a half rack of ribs goin. Temps hangin right at 220 will add chunks of hickory about every hour and ahalf. I will report back how it turns out. thanx for all the help guys.