Good day everyone,
I am fairly new to here and to smoking so i have kind of a noob style question. I have done about 3 briskets, couple racks of ribs, Beer chicken, and i just did my first pork butt over the weekend. Every time i smoke something i use Wood chunks (not chips but chunks). I have found that i can get a longer lasting smoke from these rather than using chips. I put them in a metal smoke box i got from Lowes and place it directly on top of the coals. They don't catch fire or anything but i have noticed after they dry out (i keep them soaked for a few hours) i get this 20-30 min burst of thick intense smoke; then it goes down and seems to smoke regularly for another 45min to an hour. Is this burst of smoke bad? If so how do i stop it form happening? And; i know people smoke with whole logs but i never see really really intense smoke like i get from chunks. How do they do that? I would love to smoke with whole logs also cause i am sure the smoke lasts for ever but again i am very new and am scared to just burn them and get only 45 min of smoke.......Thank you to anyone that can lend a helpful post.