Here's a guy who gets what I am saying... LOL. I can't figure out how to load a stick automatically into my smoker. LOL I still have to call my neighbor after 4 hours or so. One day I left and set logs on top of the firebox for obvious reasons... got caught up at the DMV when my Blackberry called me and screamed I was losing flame. I called my neighbor and said "throw those logs in I set on top...." he replied... there's nothing on top of the firebox but white ash!