So finally got the handle on this thing, had some issues keeping it hot and some bad taste/smoke from it. I think it was creosote from poor burn at the start.
What I did this time was only use half a basket and let it roll for about 1 hr before putting anything on, it was at 500 when I closed the door and put the lid on, very little smoke, blue not white and it did a chicken just beautiful at around 310 degrees without having to mess with it. No foul taste and just moist and tender smokyness.
Cant wait to do some ribs and a brisket.