I wanted to throw a handful or two of sawdust onto the coals from time to time to make more or less smoke. (remember, first time...need to find the limits.) As far as what I am smoking in, it looks like an R2D2 with several levels. Its old, and the pans are rusted, but I got it to work. Hopefully the water pan will keep it cool enough... Probably 20 years old or more...and the label says "H2", and that's it. But it works well. I ran out of time to actually put meat into it. But I got it to smoke nicely at about 200 to 240. At least according to the ancient thermometer on the top. Smells nice, the way it should.
Good idea about the cooking oil as bar oil. I did that for butchering a few years ago...worked really well. I'll get a second chain saw, they are super cheap right now and do that rather than trying to clean this one up.
The dried maple just burns away into ash. The damp spaulted maple just stinks. Well, its how you learn! (well, how I learn anyway, lol!) . Since I have about 5 dead maples around the property, it seems a shame to waste it, but of course that is lumbering, not smoking, so it may be beyond the perview of this forum. I may actually have to get a couple of those dirty bags of charcoal the wife refuses to allow into the trunk of the car. (Personally, I thought this smoking thing was to be MORE self sufficient, not car dependent. Thats why...grin!)