I spend all day yesterday with the Bandera smoking spares and two fatties (one regular...one all natural for the wife) and burned both lump coal and mesquite. I had read about pre-heating on the forum and did that with some success. More often than not I would add a log and open the lid of the smoke box as well as the side door to let in as much oxygen as needed until the thick white smoke had dissipated. I also realized that you can't leave the pit for more than an hour at most as I had to continually feed it small amounts or the fire would get too hot...or too cold... Good thing I love playing with fire!
Bowl Bound and B-B-Q-in! Sic Em Bears!