Well, it is primarily a grill, not a smoker. I never have the coals directly under meat when I set up for indirect.
I am not sure how you are set up there? Perhaps you are asking too much of it?
Jim - Another transplanted Texan
Former KCBS CBJ
Large and Medium Big Green Eggs , Black 18.5" WSM, Blue Weber Performer - Stainless, Green Weber OTG Kettle , Brinkmann SnP Pro, and a Stainless UDS. One retired Portable Kitchen grill.
Red Thermapen, Maverick ET-73, EdgePro Apex Sharpener.
Avatar is the original 1951 Weber Kettle