Originally Posted by BoneDaddy
I was using charcoal briquettes, starting them in a chimney and when they got some ash on them put them in the charcoal bowl that comes with the rig. Should I get a better firebox or put some kind of grate over the bowl to allow O2 under it and/or to keep it out of all the ash from 5+ hours of smoking?
There are several mods which you can make to improve overall efficiency and performance of your smoker. Sealing the smoker body, adding a separate intake vent, and adding a charcoal grate are just some of the essential mods you can make which can make a huge difference.
Google Brinkman smoker mods and that should head you in the right direction, depending on which type smoker you have. Most are similar regardless of make and can benefit from these mods.