What I am confused about is whether I am using too much wood throughout the smoke. I start out making a hollow circle in the fire box and then I use the chimney starter and hot coals. I let that burn and get my temp set. Once I get the temp set I add my wood (logs or chunks). I have added wood the rest of the smoke when the temp would get low and I needed to stoke it a little to get the temp up.
My question is whether I should be adding wood the entire 8-10 hours of the smoke like I have, or should I be using charcoal instead of wood after the first 4 hours or so.