Best advice anyone gave me about cooking on an offset...DITCH THE FARKING CHARCOAL BASKET!!!
Build a real fire on the charcoal grate in the firebox. Light a chimney of charcoal and lay it down as a base layer then add 2 or 3 small splits of your wood of choice. If you don't have splits. Add 2 chimneys of charcoal and then place wood chunks on top. Works like a bad habit.
18" OTS, 22" OTG, SJ Silver, Cimarron Offset, Coleman Bullet, PBC, UDS, QMaster ATC