Wow, that's looking great. I loved the comment by Mattman about smoking "something else". I laughed out loud at that one.
I'm also using a one gallon Gatorade jug to fill my pan (haha). ALthough, after 8.5 hours, mine is still half full. Are you adding cold water? That would affect things for sure.
I do think I got ripped off with mine. It's a Walmart hunk of meat that was $28 for 6.2 pounds.
Much more pricey than yours.
Thanks for the well wishes on my first smoke. I've got 14 pics uploading, but with my 'net connection, It might be a bit. No worries though, I won't "OT" your thread with my stuff.
I did a couple "Fatties" along with the brisket. The first one we've eaten and the second is o n the grill now. I'm diggin' this. So far, the family is too. I hope you're looking at the success I (appear to be) having.