Originally Posted by otis
1. I keep reading that white smoke is not what we're looking for, it should be the TBS. When starting up (lump or briquettes), I always have quite a bit of white smoke--for about 60 minutes, then it starts settling down. Even after the temp is stabilized, there is till quite a bit of white smoke. Am I supposed to wait until all that smoke is gone before putting the meat on?
2. For those of you using the bung as exhaust--does the orientation of the bung hole in relationship to the open intake have any bearing on fire control. If I remember correctly from my Weber kettle many years ago, the leg went into the wind, and the open exhaust directly opposite.
3. Condensation--when I opened my drum this morning, I found a thin layer of moisture on the walls, underside of the lid. Based on the humidity the last few days, I assume it is condensation from heating/cooling in the sun. Should the drum be stored with the bung open so it can "breathe" and reduce this moisture?
Here is my two cents on #1 when I was using a offset a couple years ago, using KF and Mesquite lump.
Top pic is soon after I got the fire going, this is the nasty smoke guys speak of.
Next is about 30 minutes later, this is what I look for as time to get the meat on if the temps are right.
And third is a hour or two farther into the cook.
#2 I have only a pennys worth. I don't think it makes a difference.
#3 Not a pennys worth. I have not had that problem.