It took about 20 minutes to go from 275 to 225. Then it gets back to 275 quickly. I grill (chicken breasts, burgers, steak, etc) a lot more than I smoke so if I have to do some stuff that's not a huge deal to me but it is a bit disappointing. They should really have smoke level options on top of temp. If I smoked meats often I would be getting something else. The blend smelled fantastic, basically a fruity sweet hickory, we'll see how it goes. I might try my own mixture. In the past with wood chips I would often mix pecan and cherry or hickory and cherry. But I'll probably try out different brands as well. I'll see how this first smoke goes.