So I fired up my new WSM today using the minion method. I used the minion method with a full charcoal pan. I lit 25 briquettes (Kingsford blue bag) and waited for them to go to go gray. I then put the briquettes on top of the unlit ones. Here's where I ran into trouble. I put 5 palm sized chunks of apple wood around the outside of the charcoal ring. I then put my water pan covered in HD foil in along with a foil covered clay pot base and no liquid. I seem to be getting a lot of white smoke because the chunks are burning, not smoldering. My temps are right around 250° according to my calibrated thermometer. I've since pulled the chunks I could get to out. I put a mix of water and apple juice in the pan so we'll see what we get. So what gives? Anyone have any ideas? And I lost the pictures of the setup because this stupid camera doesn't tell me that there's no card, it just says memory full...oh well.