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Unread 03-21-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default Thin blue smoke vs thick and not so blue

Im havin an issue today that I havent really had before. Started the UDS up as normal using the minion method with about 10 pcs of lump in the chimney and a full basket of unlit plus a few apple chunks mixed in as well as a big chunk of white oak in the drum. It all started out fine until I woke up at 6:30 this morning to my temp reading 190. Went out and shook the can to get the burnt ash off of the top and it seemed to work. Had beautiful thin blue smoke until that point. Since then, Ive been getting some thicker whitish blueish smoke...sometimes just white smoke.

Any ideas WHY? I want that thin blue.
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Could be too much wood, was the total amount of wood added more than usual?

Could it be steam?

What about the lump, any chance the lump might be putting off the smoke?
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Grease hittin' the coals...maybe...dunno...
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its just weird...havent done anything different today than normal except put that big chunk of oak in the middle of the lump. Had some apple that was left over in the basket from my last cook and just added lump on top of that. not really more wood than usual. Now, JD, could possibly be the grease hitting the coals, but why would it cause that much white thick smoke?

Im perplexed.
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Its normal to get puffy white @ that point in your cook.
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If you're cooking, it's the flavor bombs (don't call it grease) hitting the coals. When you said "thick" that threw me off. But it will definately be white.



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Im havin an issue today that I havent really had before. Started the UDS up as normal using the minion method with about 10 pcs of lump in the chimney and a full basket of unlit plus a few apple chunks mixed in as well as a big chunk of white oak in the drum. It all started out fine until I woke up at 6:30 this morning to my temp reading 190. Went out and shook the can to get the burnt ash off of the top and it seemed to work. Had beautiful thin blue smoke until that point. Since then, Ive been getting some thicker whitish blueish smoke...sometimes just white smoke.

Any ideas WHY? I want that thin blue.

What are you cooking?
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The white smoke is coming from relatively incomplete combustion, or from steam. Could be dripping fat, wood, bad or moist charcoal/lump, lots of things.

I have seen it in the situation you describe; temps falling low and the subsequent stoking of the fire to get temps back up. It usually only lasts an hour or so until you get things stabilized, if that is the cause.

Bottom line, don't sweat it. I've cooked with the thin blue stuff, as well as heavy-duty-pure-hickory-burn-your-eyes-out-cough-up-one-lung smoke, and have fine results on long cooks.
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Meat Man! Izzat YOU?



Nope...I just realized it is one of your cookin' buddies...anyhoo...I'm still thinkin' it's "flavor bombs"...
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