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How do you run the intake on your firebox wide open you could try really cutting it back maybe a quarter open after you have a nice good size bed of coals going.
Bags at the BBQ store are about $20 for 0.75~ cubic feet of oak wood little cheaper for apple and maple, so have been buying from wood suppliers for much cheaper and lower moisture content surprisingly, tested after i got the moisture meter. They come 16" so saw them in half to about 8" then split with an axe to about 2"x2". Seems to be the right size. Problem with the black film was my firebox was full of soot, my bad cleaned everything else but that.. Still struggling with it, any size i add 12" - 6" quarter split or very thin even chunks on a chimney of charcoal if i close the door with the vents wide open get white smoke, believe it might be a leaky cooking door. Moisture of wood i have is 24% max in the center of the split, but avoiding those pieces and using ones between 16-22%. Thank you and everyone for all the input i really appreciate it. Going to try figure the firebox door if its closed with the vents open making bad smoke by using small splits different amounts of charcoal hopefully will get it and make an update.You can't go wrong with using smaller pieces of wood. If it's not hot enough, add another small piece. You'll have to add wood more frequently, but it will burn more easily, hot and clean. You can cheat and throw in some lump charcoal to maintain a hot coal bed. Soda can size or fist size chunks of wood are the way to go if you're having problems. Walmart even sells chunks that should be the right size if you don't want go through the trouble of cutting down your split wood.
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