I used it once to make a brisket and once to make ribs. They came out pretty good. The issue is I put the coals in a chimineer and get them hot then put them on top of unhot coals, put the basket it. I can't for the life of me get the temp to be steady. I open the vents, close the vents open one close one. It gets to where I want them slowly goes too hot, then i close one and it goes too low the temp. How the heck do I get this thing to be more steady? I had to sit out there for 4 hours making ribs non-stop opening and closing vents!