Bigjohn, is your wood cured? How big is it cut? You may have to re-cut/split some of your wood.I have a Tejas2040CC and it uses 8"X3" sticks and does incredibly well.I have a gas ignition to begin and then it is cut off,same bottle for 2yrs.now.
When you get a good coal pile then-
let it get to heat and watch the therms. for 220* ,I have also placed some fire brick in the firebox to help with heat retention/transfer.Watch for temp. changes of 10*F to 20*F of your target temp. then do the appropriate corrections.It takes what it takes to get it there,then just watch,and be there for the addition if needed.Keep to exhaust OPEN and control with the inlet. The woods you have are excellent,smooth light flavor and good heat.The amount of wood you use depends on your diligence and wether or not you keep opening the door! Keep some sticks on the top of your firebox for easy ignition(should almost start as you put it in the box.The secret to a BLUE smoke is a small-HOT fire.Yeah, more work, but do you want quality?
Hope this helps and,