I purchased a Primo Oval XL 6 months ago and have been working to teach myself the art of smoking. My biggest issue is how to keep the smoke from my wood chips going for the duration of the smoke. Unfortunately, I live in Malaysia and am not able to get wood chunks, only chips here. I soak the chips and add them to the top of the charcoal, but these burn out too quickly and dont produce smoke for the duration.
I am curious how others with this grill load their charcoal/wood chips. Do you fill the firebox full and spread chips throughout the charcoal or would it be easier to use the firebox divider? Also, I have trouble keeping my charcoal lit. I end up having to light too much charcoal and it becomes difficult to keep the heat down below 250F.
I haven't tried yet, but I think the firebox divider may be the way to go so I could use less lit coals and keep it in contact with the most unlit fuel (plus it will be easier to spread the wood chips throughout half the firebox).