Mesquite is the reason you getting strong flavor I like it too but I limit the use I'll burn 1 or two splits at the start then switch to all post oak. JM2C but a basket of charcoal in an Offset is counter productive. You get more bang for the buck with Splits. I typically use about 2 - 3 lbs of lump & 2 oak splits to get my pit to temp then 1 split every 45 min to maintain my Zone. I like to cook at 300 and maintain temp between 275 -325. You need to learn fire management. Your waiting to long between splits. It is also helpful to preheat them so the light quickly this cuts down on the thick white smoke. I wouldn't sell it but a UDS is a good supplement for the days when life gets in the way and you don't have the time to dedicate to baby sitting.
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