Hello all. Just did my first smoke this week with my newly completed wood smoker. My first smoke did not go as smoothly as some of the seasoned veterans on here, but I will eventually get the hang of it. I used Maple thru-out the entire smoke, but it seems, to me anyhow, that I used quite a bit. For the 4 plus hours that I had it going, I went thru approx 4, 5" dia X 12-14" long logs split into quarters. Maybe a bit more as there were several small chunks that I tossed in as well. Should I have used Oak? Would Oak have a longer burn time? Seems that the Maple, although it burned ok, it burned out, faster than I thought it should. Also, on my first smoke, I believe I made my intial fire too small. When you start, the fire should be somewhat big and then add splits as you go. Is that correct? If got more Maple than I know what to do with, but I would like be as effiecient as possible. Any help is appreciated.