Originally Posted by Charcoal_Addict
If you're doing a low and slow wouldn't some of the unlit charcoal produce some white smoke as it starts to light up throughout the cook?
If you are doing a Minion method, correctly, than no. It gives off white smoke until the first dozen briquettes heat up the stack, once the fuel reaches 200F or so, it is preheated and will not give off white smoke as it ignites. This is why the Minion method works, and adding fresh fuel to the fire does not.
Many stickburners do a similar thing, by putting the wood onto the top of the fire box, or in the box, but, not on the fire, the wood heats up, starts to off gas and once it reaches that temperature, the wood can be put on the fire and it will ignite cleanly.