Originally Posted by Paymaster
I dont have a drawer on my side box. So I add my wood thru the side box lid as well. The door on the side box is not big enough to put logs thru. But I have only a momentary heat rise and smoke increase due to the fact I have the damper on the door almost closed. I don't usually have a problem with excessive smoke. I have thought about having a separate fire for burning logs and just adding the hot coal to the smoker but I have not tried that with this smoker yet. I did this with my grill however before I bought my smoker. Worked OK with the grill for getting a bit of smokey taste on pork chops. I carry a grill camping (RVing) and use coals from my campfire for this alot. So I may try doing it with the smoker at home someday.
Paymaster - I do not have a great deal of knowledge on BBQ from experience, but I do have the benefit of having done a lot of research on the topic. In regards to the "excessive" smoke issues, I've heard from several experienced sources that if you use a cheap secondary (or old) grill to prep your wood on, then add it to the smoker, that is a solution. Fire the wood in the grill, then when appropriately charred and or hot, then add.