Thanks for all the replies. As for the condition of the wood, it was seasoned not green, but had been sitting for a while in my wood pile covered with a tarp. felt dry when I handled it, but could've had moisture inside... I don't know really. Next time I'll use fresh seasoned wood not stuff that's been sitting for a couple years and see how that does. As for the intake/exhaust issue, I'm really thinking there's not enough exhaust area to create enough flow. I even drilled a couple 2-1/2" holes at great level opposite the firebox to help. I took some photos but waiting for them to load because yahoo mail sucks LOL. I'll post pics when I can. Thanks again.
UDS, Akorn, Weber Red Head Kettle, Drum Grill, Gasser w/cobwebs all over it. I'm JD.