I'm using a new locally made lump charcoal. In hindsight I should've just went and bought something different when I saw what I saw when I opened the bag. This stuff looks like chunks of lumber that's been run through a kiln. The bag says it's 100% oak. The guy at the BBQ place said he used and really liked it.
Anyhow, it's been burning for a couple of hours now in my WSM using the minion method. I haven't added any chunks for flavoring and this thing is smoking to beat all heck. I tried closing off the vents to choke it out a bit but that just dropped my temps. So I opened them back up and along with the temps coming back so did the white billowing smoke.
I've got 20 people coming for dinner. I've got 9lbs of pastrami and a 5lb boneless butt on now. I've got some split chicken breasts rubbed down to go on later and getting ready to prep a fatty or two and some SPAM (kids request).
Any ideas on killing the smoke? I'm at a loss.
Here's a photo of the stuff if you can make it out.