Thick grey smoke

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by gixxerfrk, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower

    I started a "big" smoke today, big for me at least. It is also the first time using wood instead of charcoal. I loaded up a charcoal basket with charcoal and then loaded another basket with chunks of oak split down to about 4" square x 10" tall and stood them up. I was able to get about 4 chunks in. It took about 30 minutes to get up to temp and stable at which point my smoke was starting to thin out although not to the TBS point. I had to run a quick errand and when I got back I had thick grey smoke again and temps had started climbing. I was at 280 vs the stable 230 when I left. I expected some grey/white smoke at first but at 1.5 hrs in shouldn't I be seeing TBS already?


     
  2. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    You want a small hot fire. Enough wood to maintain the temp.  The firebox shouldn't be cramped full of wood with the air restricted.

    Send a pic of the fire.
     
  3. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower

    I wondered. I definitely had it crammed full. As I've let it burn down its thinned out. Just gotta play with it a little till I figure out the right balance I guess.
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Better to run a small fire adding wood/fuel as needed rather than waiting for a big pile of wood to burn down. You will be fine but you took the long road...JJ
     
  5. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower

    Finally got TBS. Thanks.
     
  6. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower


    Here's what's cooking. Two 10 lb butts, a meatloaf my wife made, a breakfast fatty (JD maple sausage, homemade hash browns, onions, green pepper, scrambled eggs, and mozzarella cheese), and some meatballs. Probably gonna throw some Acorn squash on too.
     
  7. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower

    Meatloaf and fatty are done. Meatballs are in.

     
  8. gixxerfrk

    gixxerfrk Smoke Blower


    Meatballs.

     

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