The smoker is an 8ft by 30" unit. I built a fire it in yesterday and smoked some ribs. The ribs were good but a little too smokey. I had a pretty big fire going w/ oak and added some hickory from time to time. I had to close the intake door to about 1/4" to keep the fire below 250*, this is when I started to see thick white smoke. I'm assuming the smoke thickened when the fire was not getting enough air to combust the wood. So my question is, is it better to have a smaller fire and leave the intake door open more to make sure that the wood is burning properly? Also, I have heard about guys pre-burning their wood, anyone know anything about this?
I will post pics of the new smoker as soon as I.T. fixes my laptop.