Originally Posted by captndan
Cuppala things to think about. The lump looks to be over cooked. Start with a chunk the size of your fist. Unless you are splitting the pallet wood it is to big and burns to long. I don't use anything bigger than my thumb. Maples is easy to split because of the thin straight grain. Switch to oak if you can. That stringy grain helps hold the chunks together. Try closing a few of the vent holes just like on your grill to lower the temperature. The idea is not to burn the new lump but to only heat it high enough to drive out the gasses. Use less wood for the burn. When the new wood is hot enough it is the gasses that burn for heat not extra wood. Sound complicated? Well it ain't. It's just like learning to use your new Kamado. Once perfected you will never buy another bag.
Thanks captndan, those were all the same things I was thinking about..I think the burn was too hot and fast.
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