So I bought this used for 50$ only used twice. Right now I’m putting it through an intro stage so I can get used to the fire management but I had couple questions, and I watched some YouTube vids yesterday too. So I started with one full chimney of lump charcoal, let that get going and added it to the firebox. Let it free burn for a few minutes till the flames died down then I added a handful of chunks which is what I’ll be using for the time being. I guess my question is with the hunks they almost immediately went up in flames so are they adding to the fuel source as well as providing smoke flavor? And I read about clean smoke and not what’s in my other pic with that white smoke but I cant get it to burn clean or is that just when using wood as the fuel source ? After 15 min the log volume of smoke has died down into a more thin even smoke. I’m assuming this is what I’m looking for but won’t the smoke billow again when I have to add more chuncks??? I also noticed now that the wood chuncks have burned up the temp fell from 250 to 230’s and down to 150. So the initial bed of coals just completely burned out in 20min? So idk if I need to add 2-3 chimneys in the beginning to raise the heat source up so it falls back into range. So if my target is say 250-275 do I need to add more charcoal, chunks or both.
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