Thanks for the tips. Dont think I will get to try it tonight. It is going to be nasty. Rain/sleet and snow.
My smoker is in my basement and is about 60 degrees. Is that warm enough?
The trick is to keep you smoker warm enough to keep drafting, even when it's cold outside
Well tonight I put 1 cup of dust in the microwave for 1 min. then mixed it around and microwaved 1 min again. I pulled the chip loader out of the unit and the chip tray out about 2 inches. Got it lit and blew on it until I had a nice cherry going. Guess what, it worked. It burned all of the dust.
Big thanks to all of you and to Todd.
Talked to Todd on the phone, big help.
Cheese is going on tomorrow.
Is it normal not to see a glowing red cherry during the burn?
Only in total darkness. as long as you see a steady stream of smoke you're OK. The most important thing inside the smoker is to get enough outside air necessary for combustion.