Originally Posted by Jeekinz
Why is it everywhere I have read and the instructions on my Char-Griller indicate that the smoke should be white/light gray?
Also, I now realize that I used way too much Mesquite (in fact only Mesquite ) on my first smoking, but what's wrong with using 100% wood?
Do not be discouraged! As you said it was your first attempt!
As to your question...about 100% wood...It can be done if burned to where you only have hot coals.. with no or very little flame. It takes a heck of a lot of wood and time to produce enough coals for a long cook time and is harder to control. Most people, myself included use charcoal for the heat source..the wood (not as a heat source) but for flavor only.
Next time..use charcoal and very little wood at the beginning of the cook.
You will be pleasantly surprised!
Remember...smoke is like salt...a little is good...to much is bad!!
ps..."save" jminion's post above..it is "prize winning" information!!