Re: help with heat management
Get a windcover, fill your base with ice, and if you don't have an electric stove, get a single coil burner from walgreens for 9.99.
Depending on the size of your bowl, 1-2 natural coals with a windcover should do it. I use coals from CH, and I've been able to have great smoke on everything from 2 QL's to 4 QL's and a windcover (lots of ice was involved lol).
Just play with it a bit until you learn what works best for you.