A clean burning fire does not leave soot.
Sounds like a smoldering fire.
How was the condition of the wood?
What type of wood?
Was it dried and seasoned?
Moldy or funky wood surface?
Green (wet) wood?
Bacon should be capitalized as a pronoun for pork!
Lang 84 Deluxe Kitchen known as "The Glamazon"
Custom Klose Backyard Chef... of Snot, 22.5 WSM
Lang 60 Mobile - The Damsel II, Lang 48 Patio - The Damsel, and Bubba Keg Grill - RIP, and a BSKD