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Unread 10-30-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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I was wondering if there is a thread here on the white/blue smoke issue? Thanks
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I'm sure that there is more than one, but this is the one we have in the 'Road Map' at the top of the forum... http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=15250

Basically, white smoke shows incomplete combustion of the wood and is bitter. Blue smoke on the other hand indicates good combustion and has (depending on the type of wood) a sweet flavor...
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This is the working version of that link
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Also, this video is really informative.
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The BBQ faq has a really good section on fire control
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I'd also add that the white/blue smoke can sometimes vary based on smoker and outside temp.

For instance, I have a BWS (water smoker) ... when it goes under 45-50* it starts looking like an old coal train puffin it's way up a mountain from all the moisture within the smoke itself. But on a hot summer night, one barely sees anything coming out.
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I'd also add that the white/blue smoke can sometimes vary based on smoker and outside temp.

For instance, I have a BWS (water smoker) ... when it goes under 45-50* it starts looking like an old coal train puffin it's way up a mountain from all the moisture within the smoke itself. But on a hot summer night, one barely sees anything coming out.

You just described the steam that comes out of a water smoker. on a hot night it will disappear.
Smoke is different, and clean smoke is blue, an almost transparent, can't hardly see it except in a good light - blue
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You just described the steam that comes out of a water smoker. on a hot night it will disappear.
Smoke is different, and clean smoke is blue, an almost transparent, can't hardly see it except in a good light - blue
Yes, that's exactly what I was referring too ... from all the moisture within the smoke itself. Moisture in the gaseous form is steam - that would be correct.
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Lot of times it condensation in your smoker when you first start up
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Is that manamana?

I love when I can barely see the smoke coming out of the kettle, when I have to sort of lean over and look real carefully, when that is happening and the kettle is locked on 250F, I know dinner is gonna be good.
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Come on landarc, you know you watched it... Blue smoke good.

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