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last cook was pork shoulder, didn't use a drip pan but used foil on top of the plate setter so it caught most of the grease. I did use some hickory but I didn't notice any left when I stirred up the coals to get the ash to fall through. That could be it though if there was some in there still. I just hadn't had it smoke like that before.
yep, that could have been some of it too. it did seem like there was one piece of lump that was smoking more but it was right on the side where some of the drippings may have run down. whatever it was it resolved after about 2 hours. I didn't have anything to use as a drip pan last time, I normally use one.