Thanks to all the great posts with advice that I've learned from on this forum Im cooking my first brisket ever tonight. Keeping it simple-olive oil salt pepper garlic and onion powder. Been on since 8pm and its almost 12:30am now. Everything seems to be doing what its supposed do. I'm mixing hickory and mesquite wood logs..first one, then the other keeping the fire around 250ish. Now maybe I'm just too tired tonight but it seems like the hickory puts off a lot more smoke than mesquite. I'm letting them get good and hot before putting them on the flame. Just wondering if there is a difference in the amount of smoke between woods or is time for me to go to bed because I'm imagining things???