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    Hey guys - I did my first stoker cook this weekend (butt and a brisket). I noticed I was getting less smoke than I am used to.

    Visually there was less smoke and I think I got a bit less smoke flavor in the food.

    This is on a ceramic cooker and I left the top vent only very slightly open. Will a wider top vent opening yield more smoke?

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    Reviving this old topic...Kelley is still patiently waiting for a response. Not.

    Last weekend I cooked two butts using the new Signals + Billows ATCD from ThermoWorks. I, too, saw less visual smoke, and both my wife and I think there's really no discernible smoke flavor on the meat even though I used the same amount of apple wood I normally do.

    Anyone else get less smoke flavor when using an ATCD?

    The wood chunks were fully consumed, leaving behind only pieces of charcoal. I used the same chunks on ribs for July 4 and there was no issue with getting smoke flavor.

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    Since my Billows hasn't been in operation yet (doing ribs tomorrow...), I'll see if anything is different. With the Stoker, there's no lack of smoke flavor and a nice thin blue smoke. Of course, I do use fresh smoking wood ! ( Except tomorrow... wood is almost 1 yr old. Will have to make do for tomorrow... )

    Tested Billows Friday, along with the firmware upgrade. Had nothing but problems... with my phone, not Billows. Had some excellent communication from ThermoWork Customer Support !!!

    ( note to self... order more wood... )

    Follow up.... That wood I thought I had... Was sent to the trash bin sometime last month. Oops. New fresh order will arrive this Thursday
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    I dont have a ATCD but I have noticed when I do pork shoulder on the WSM vs snake on the 26" kettle that I get much stronger smoke flavor on the meat on the kettle. Not sure why?
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