I rubbed my smoker with bacon grease and fired up the smoker with some cherry wood that I picked up the other day. It's seasoned about 1 year. At times i've witnessed the thin blue smoke that i've read so often on the forum, but seem to get more white smoke than anything else. I have read that you'll get a little bit more white smoke after putting more wood on, and that seems to hold true up to this point. Also the smoker seems to be running hot. 275-300. I have my stack vent wide open and my side box almost closed. The reason i've closed it down so far, is because there's a small gap in my ash pan that I believe is suppling air as well. Can anyone give some input as to what I may be doing wrong or right? I'll be smokin' a pok butt on 7-7-06 an would like to resolve an potential problems with Bad smoke before that time. Thanks again everyone!