Dave, did we get 'ya hooked up?
Get the fire going first, with vents open as much as possible. Bring the smoker up to
temps, then begin closing vents little by little to get the smoker to level out to the temps that you desire. THEN add wood, a piece or a chunk or two at a time, dry
seasoned wood, and dont smother the fire. Those pieces of wood will get to sweet
blue heaven in only about a minute or two at the most. Now add meat. Not until
now. On the Lang I use roughly 1 split piece of wood every hour, give or take.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.