I have a Lang 60D, with a charcoal basket. I start the pit and let it come up to temp with about 18 pounds of lump charcoal (its all that the charcoal basket will hold). After about 45 min, that lump has burned down and starts to form a great base for my cook. Then I start to add 1-2 logs at a time. After a couple of hours, my fire is at the point where it burns one or two logs cleanly.....but it takes a while to get to that "small very hot fire". If I get behind the curve, and need to add several logs, it pours white smoke.......I hate that. I also preheat my wood....nothing too fancy, just place them directly under the firebox, and add from there. Then replace with seasoned wood until it's time to add again. HOpe that helps. Not sure if I added anything, but wanted to tell you my strategy.
[B]Full Draw BBQ[/B]
Lang 60D trailer
22.5 Weber Kettle - retired
[COLOR=red][B]Rec Tec[/B][/COLOR] Grill