I haven't posted in a while, been busy with my 1 year old. I've been smoking for about a year and half now...love every minute of it. But I've run into a problem, I'm getting a lot of white smoke and having trouble achieving good blue smoke. I never had the issue on my Weber Kettle w/ Slow-n-Sear.
Recently, I bought a 22.5" WSM. Now, I've searched through these forums as well as others and have tried many of the different tips and tricks...without any good results.
I use Kingsford Professional Briquettes. I've tried Western World Wood & Weber Wood. I always place the wood away from my initial lit coals to let them warm up. I let my initial briquettes completely ash over before dumping into the WSM. I've tried different variations of the minion method. Lot's of money being spent on dry runs lately. The top vent is always open. The bottom three I've tried many different setups. Generally, I just leave them wide open until it starts to approach temp then adjust. I've had to pull wood out during a smoke...because they are basically on fire and smoking like crazy. Doesn't matter where I place the wood, buried or not, every time lit coals start to get to them white smoke starts rolling. I am basically having white smoke for 75% of the cook. I've been pretty frustrated lately. Sorry if I missed anything, I will try and answer any other questions. Please help me!