I can see how you would get more smoke from the hardwood vs the lump, and I think that it is hard to judge where you stand sometimes because, as you said, people want to be polite. I don't have an offset, so someone will probably give some more reliable advice, but if you thought it was too smokey, than I'd say it was too smokey. I wonder if you could supplement with charcoal (like RO briq's) or something to offset the amount of hardwood you have to use? From my limited experience, pecan is pretty mild so this might work well for you. It seems like the hardwood is really nice for helping to maintain a constant temp, and briq's would help as well. I just used lump yesterday for the first time and, while it does burn nice and hot, the temps weren't nearly as steady and it burned through faster at a higher temps than I was used to with briq's. Not sure if this helps, but good luck!