Saw the discussons about charcoal making in the new Amerique and had a similar question for the Smokette. I've had mine for a couple of years now and I've only made white ash in a few of the early burns. Now I get only charcoal.. even if I leave that same wood in for 2-3 burns.
While some of them are shorter burns 3 hrs. the last one for pork spares was closer to 5.5hrs. The cover of the wood box has foil wrapping on it that prevens the box from closing tightly.. which, I assume, would be 'good' from the standpoint that the wood is not starving for oxygen and should burn even better..??? Also, it doesn't seem to matter if I have the smoker set to 180(ish) or full bore.
Any comments? Seems as if I'm now tossing the 'best part of the wood'. Impurities burned out and just good stuff to work with. Come to think of it, I believe the first few burns I mentioned above had a briquette in them.