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dsslimrock





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Purchased some pecan and oak (think water oak) firewood from a seller on Craigslist. When I started my fire or added wood to an existing fire I noticed a thick black smoke rolled out the stack and firebox for the first few minutes. Is this normal with this type wood? I am a newbie to a stick-burner and have only cooked with hickory and red oak on my Lang prior to purchasing this wood...never happened with either of those woods. Any advice is truly appreciated.
Post Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:32 pm 
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Eddie Z





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Black smoke is incomplete combustion. Did you have enough air going to the fire box? Is the wood seasoned?
Post Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:54 pm 
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Both dampers, stack, chamber door and firebox door were open when I started the fire.  Front damper was open and I would leave the firebox door cracked a few minutes after I added wood during the cook. Black smoke would also roll out the firebox. The wood appears to be seasoned (no moisture sweating from it) as far as I can tell.

Post Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 9:12 pm 
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