Once you wrap you basically stop the smoke penetration. I only wrap if the bark starts to get too dark. When are you wrapping?
I think, due to their efficiency, ceramics produce less smoke ring, but about the same smoke flavor. Hickory should be strong enough to work for you. I disrtibute the wood chunks throughout the lump so that at least one chunk is always in the fire producing smoke.
Jim - Another transplanted Texan
Former KCBS CBJ
Large and Medium Big Green Eggs , Black 18.5" WSM, Blue Weber Performer - Stainless, Green Weber OTG Kettle , Brinkmann SnP Pro, and a Stainless UDS. One retired Portable Kitchen grill.
Red Thermapen, Maverick ET-732, EdgePro Apex Sharpener.
Avatar is the original 1951 Weber Kettle