I use my BGE at least five times a week. I do use wood when smoking meats, but most of the time I don't when cooking steak, burgers, chicken....ETC. Nevertheless, the Egg still produces some kind of smoke. I sometimes wonder if the neighbors mind when I'm doing an "overnighter" with hickory puffing away.
The next door neighbor also BBQ's, but he's a proud Weber man that cooks at least a couple times a week. I would often ask him what's cooking for tonight's dinner, he would reply "the usual". Keep in mind, I live in California where our houses are close together.
I also own a whole house fan and usually turn it on when the sun goes down when it starts to cool down outside, as it has been very hot during the day these past few weeks. Those of you not familiar with house fans, they suck the cool air in from outside and push the warm stale air from inside the house out, thus not needing the A/C.
Well tonight the sun goes down, the wife turns the whole house fan on and the next door neighbor starts his BBQ, in return we get all his chicken-fat dripping-on-the-coal-smoke sucked in our house. My wife looks at me and says: "P-U", that smoke smells terrible, in which I must concur. In the meantime, we have to turn the whole house fan off, shut the windows and now our house smells like smokey chicken fat drippings smoke. BTW, this is a common occurance.
I got to thinking about it and wonder when I fire up my Egg if the neighbors feel the same about mine? I asked my wife and she tells me the Egg produces a more tolerant aroma as opposed to the smell of his BBQ. The neighbor on the other side has commented to me a few times about when I'm cooking on my Egg, how good it smells. Maybe he was hinting around for me to bring him some more BBB I made him with my last batch.
After reading all this blah...blah...blah, have your neighbors ever said anything to you regarding all the smoke your Egg produces and it is intrusive? Just curious.