I am great at grilling, but an extreme novice at smoking. I tried to smoke 2 lbs. of bacon and it took several hours and almost 2 bags of charcoal! I hardly got any smoke. I put my wood directly on top of the charcoal, and I tried dry wood as well as soaking some in water for awhile, but all of it burned up right away without creating much smoke. Any help is appreciated! I mean, really basic help, such as:
1) Should the wood be wet or dry?
2) Do I put the wood directly on the charcoal?
3) How do I use a "wood chip box?" Do I put the box directly on top of the coals?
I have a smoker made from a large (55-gallon) drum, with a grate for the charcoal on one end, the meat rack in the middle (big enough for 2 turkeys side-by-side, and the smoke stack opposite the charcoal grate.