Using wood in a UDS??

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smoknrookie, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. smoknrookie

    smoknrookie Fire Starter

    I have tried the Royal Oak brand of woood chunks, I have tried plain charcaol w/ wood chips in a foil pouch and have had good results.. So I decided to try using charcaol with actual pieces of wood that I have split for my wood stove i the barn, the results did not go in my favor.. I had good temp setting but I kept getting plain white smoke.. So I guess my queston is: when using charcoal mixed with split wood pieces should I be able to produce the thin blue smoke?? If so where am I making my mistake, is it too much air? not enough air? if it is something else PLEASE let me know, any help would be appreciated..
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My bet is you used too much "real wood" A chunk or two is all that's needed. To improve results you could preburn maybe 5 chunks if you would like to be assured of the best possible result RE: Thin Blue. You will go thru more wood, but less risk of "nasties".
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member ya go. Fire up that wood stove, and pull a shovelfull out and into the smoker. Of only burn good hardwood in the stove, right?
  4. I would have to say no.Unless ya pre- burn like Richtee said. I am still learning on the u.d.s. , but any more than a fist sized chunk or 2 and I get the billowing white too
  5. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    I usally put two or three small chunks in there and nail it with the torch and wait awhile before putting the food on until the wood stops being on fire, kinda blackens a but, put the food on cover it up and the blue smoke comes out. Sometimes I have a prob with temp but I just picked up two new racks from home depot that lift up on two sides so u can get extra feul in there without having to take the racks out.

    Hope this helps a little, all my stuff has come out pretty good so far.

  6. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    True statement. For ribs, yardbirds, or anything less than a 4-5 yr smoke, one fist size chunk of wood. For longer smokes (butts, briskets, etc), bury 2-4 pieces in with the charcoal, aka minion method
  7. smoknrookie

    smoknrookie Fire Starter

    Thanks tooa ll for the info.. I will try it again with less wood and see what happens.. Thanks again
  8. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    The problem is when you are trying to burn wood you have to be able to move volumes of air. WSM, UDS, small offsets just are not able to move the air needed to get the job done. Preburn as Richtee or small chunchs in the fire is the way to go. The thing about preburning is you in the long run unless the wood is free it's cheaper to get charcoal.
  9. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Drum works on the theory of being airtight, like Jim said, not enough air to burn straight wood.
    Charcoal is your friend!
    I cook 12 to 14 hrs on 2 fist sized chunks for smoke, more than enough!

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