adding wood during a smoke question

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by ldrus, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i have a self built smoker , for the past few years i have just used  RO lump for the heat  source,... i am doing a brisket tomorrow night

     and have a nice wood pile of split oak that i was thinking of using for heat/flavor, my question is how do i go about starting and adding wood during the time with out getting the great big white clouds of smoke do i need to have a second fire going and only add hot coals from that?????????
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The idea is to get rid of the white smoke quickly.  I find that using smaller splits and adding them to a hot fire burns the bad stuff quickly.  Sometimes a smaller, hotter fire is better then a large cooler fire.  You should also use well dried wood.  Good luck, you may consider starting with the charcoal and adding the wood once the fire gets built.

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