After I got home, I set up a 12v muffin fan inside the smoker under the smoke stack, spaced about two fingers width below the opening. the bottom fans are just used as a spacer for now, I wanted to get the opening of the fan near the stack close as possible.
I then lit a tube of pellets and I noticed a difference in how the everything worked. ambient temps are close to the same as yesterday. when I unplugged the fan there was a drop in the amount of smoke coming out of the stack.
The smoke smells sweeter as well...
Its not a perfect solution by anymeans, but the limited results I have warrant further experiments. we will see how it goes.