So glad that I found this group. I have had a Bandera for about 3 yrs and love it. Found the brick trick on first Turkey, have not stopped since.
Sadly, have lost my bandera in divorce, but have a friend that is making me a custom one. Specs the same except metal. Going with 1/4 or 1/8" steel.
When I bought this I was in a pinch and thought it would work. OH MY!!!
Best smoker that I have ever worked with with, and I have on some really nice ones. Price to quality, I dont think there is any comparison.
Anyhow, thanks for the tips, especially like the firebrick lining in the firebox.