I smoked a 5 lb bird for about 3hours 15 min. in a 009 at 225. The bird came out excellent, no complaints, just like always. I put 4 oz of hickory, in two chunks, and a kingsford charcoal briquette for the smoke ring, which worked wonderfully. My only question is one of the chunks turned into charcoal, but not ash like when I smoke the b. buts, the other was slightly darkened. The kingsford briquette looked the same as before the cook when I retrieved it after cooldown. Big deal, not a big deal, or should I stop worring and enjoy the chicken?

Chas. SC
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Stop worrying.... It's the taste of the product that counts!

In my 055, I rarely see a chunk of wood go to ashes. I always put new wood up front, nearest the most heat, and push the charred stuff to the back where eventually it may turn to ash.

But I get plenty of smoke, out the vent hole as well as on the product, so I never worry about the charred wood.
Wood is only there for flavor. If none of the wood had any char or created any smoke, then we'd try to figure out.

But if some works, that's enough to flavor the chicken, I wouldn't worry.

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