Originally Posted by Smokin'Butts
Trying to find the happy balance of having the vents open enough to give me a clean burning fire with blue smoke but not get too hot and having the right temperature, but not the right smoke...any advice?
I believe the backwoods are reverse flow vertical smokers, you will not see the invisible blue smoke. The smoke you see is probably water vapor from the cooker itself.
I have a similar smoker in design and had the same concerns. Use your nose to sample the smoke, not your eyes.