Hello fellas! New member with a question here:
I'm using wood sourced from my local Albertson's and it's made me smoking experience extremely frustrating, to say the least. The brand is "Barbeque Wood Flavors- Grillwood Mini Logs".
It doesn't seem to matter where the dampers are, the stuff won't stay lit for nothing! It'll fire off on an open damper and within 30 seconds of closing the lid on the fire box, it's gone out. Over and over and over. By this time I've got tears rolling down both cheeks from blowing into the coals to get it relit and the thing will catch and go nuclear and I spend the next 15 minutes with the lid open to keep it under 300*.
Once in awhile, I'll get a piece that catches from the flame of the others and will respond predictably to damper changes but 90% of the time, I nearly exhaust my lungs blowing on coals and it's sucked all the enjoyment out of running a smoker. I bought a little hatchet and have tried all sizes and I get the same results. This junk either won't light or goes plum crazy and when it goes nuclear, I slowly start closing the damper and it just goes out and we start all over.
I live in a little town with few resources but there's got to be a better outlet for wood. What say you? Online source, maybe? We have a Lowe's but they carry the same stuff as Albertson's. I called the local feed stores and they say they don't have anything.
It's just an el-cheapo, horizontal smoker but it should have plenty of damper. At least I would think...