What you have is an off-set horizontal smoker, much like one of the ones I use, and they can be a little tricky. The smaller side is where your fuel gets burned while you smoke on the larger side. They can be tricky, especially when you do enough meat you need both ends. The grates nearest the firebox will be hotter than those on the opposite side, making that meat cook faster, which you don't want. Temp control is one of the most important thigs there is to smoking meat. Here's
a great article on some mods you can do to make you off-set easier to use and here is one for adding a rotisserie.
As for the chips, no container is really needed. You can add the chips right to your hot coals and let them do their thing. You'll have to clean out the ash any way, so what a little more to scoop out. If you really have your heart set on a container for the chips, don't waste your money on one of those fancy things, aluminum foil works wonder. Just double wrap your chips, put some slices in the top so the smoke can escape and place on top of the coals. Smoking meats takes some practice, but it is a lot of fun. It's also a great way to get away from the honey do list, "Sorry honey, can't do that. Gotta watch the meat" Ask me how I know
There is no right or wrong way to smoke meats and the internet is your friend. There are a ton of great articles out there and all of them will be helpful.
I've been smoking meat on and off for about 20 years nows and may try a couple of the competitions next year, money permitting anyway. I've been making my own rubs for about the same length of time, my family and friends actually talked me into selling them which I started doing. If you need any tips or help you can message me here and I'll be more than happy to pass along what I've learned. Just don't ask for my rub recipes, that's proprietary info
It takes practice so don't discouraged if something doesn't come out right the first time and always have a back up plan for dinner, just in case things turn out real bad. You can also get ahold of me thru my facebook page, just look for Sin City Rubs. I've got a few recipes there and will be adding more as time goes along. Smoking meat, just like Jeeps, becomes an addiction, welcome to it.