This is a GREAT thread! Very informative
Thanks to all of those commenting. Not an expert by any means and love reading the posts. Our personal preference is to only use wood. We light with a weed burner. You have to get to know your smoker, e.g., air temp, air flow and your wood. It is a never ending and enjoyable part of Q'ing for us. Best accomplished with practice and tasty beverages
Some loads of wood haven't burned right and ended up in the fireplace instead of the smoker.