I've been digging around on forums the last couple of weeks reading all I can find on smoking my own bacon. There are still a couple of things I'm stumped on... I'll be using a drum, mainly for the temp stability. My cheap SFB unit is just to erratic to try this on. Or maybe I'm just too lazy to babysit the darn thing. During the summer sun, my drum will run up to 150 just sitting there. I figure I need to wait until the summer heat is over to even attempt this. Anyway, am I correct in assuming that the secret to keeping the temp low is a less charcoal lit in the beginning? I've had no luck finding bellies under $5.00/lb, but it was without the skin. It's not worth doing at that price, but I'm hoping to find something cheaper. If I come up with one tht has the skin on, how/when do I remove it? Thanks for any insight you might be able to offer.