I have the minion method going right now and i think its working pretty well. I couldnt reach any of the temps im seeing right now yesterday. Im sure the amount of smoke going out the exhaust right now is due to the mesquite. The mesquite is not blazing but it has the smallest fire right next to it. Im trying to choke the intake side just a little, but i heard choking it too much would be bad. Here is a video, i just want to know if you think this is too much smoke or if its okay due to the fact the wood is smoking right now. I can take more video of any angle, inside or out if you need it. Is this too much smoke??