HELP! White smoke when adding wood

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by va_connoisseur, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. BBQers,

    Just bought a reverse flow trailer rig (review to come) and its my first big smoker, I typically use a WSM.

    Problem is that once I got it to temp and it was holding, I added wood at about 90 minute but now I am getting a lot of white smoke. Vents open and she is drawing good. Could it be green wood? Help please. Before adding the wood she was chugging along with a nice thin blue smoke.
     
  2. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Im no pro but I'm thinking it green or wet wood. 
     
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    some times you will get some white smoke when adding wood. It should settle back to TBS in a few Min.

     If not then i would start checking the moisture content in the wood you are using.
     
  4. <Foul four letter words deleted>

    I just bought a quarter cord of hickory and I thought it was a little "moist", OK, what is the best way to dry, age wood. I have been putting the logs on the smoker box and that has seemed to assist.
     
  5. I have had this before. Its a touch on the green side I'm guessing.
     
  6. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I havd learned that preheating the wokd helps a lot. I just place the next chunk of wood on top of the the firebox to warm it up it help the wood light faster.
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Va con, evening.......I have found smaller splits added more frequently works well....  has to be dry..... and a big bed of coals helps too....   Dave
     
  8. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Put a stick of wood in the firebox but not on the fire to preheat, then add it when needed to the fire. It should flame almost immediately, avoiding the dreaded white smoke.

    See below, 2 splits to the left, waiting to be added.

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