Advice or recommendation to produce little smoke from a fire pit

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I bought a fire pit and some kiln dried wood that says 80% smoke.

Well, if it did produce 80% less smoke then God knows what normal smoke would be like because it wasn't good!

Maybe when it came out of the manufacturers it would have produced 80% less smoke but after sitting outside in B&M's garden centre I'm wondering if it sucked in moisture, therefore, defeats the purpose. I don't have a humidity reader so can't test.

Does anyone know of a good product or method they can recommend to minimise smoke? I also saw some coals that stated 80% less too, would they be okay to give off a decent flame to roast marshmallows? What's the best substance to use?

I know there are fire pits that produce less smoke because of a double wall but they're too expensive.

Thanks very much and hope you can help.
 
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If possible use softwoods only as starters and then burn hardwoods as the main fuel.

But the least amount of smoke I've probably had from a 'firepit' is actually an old washing machine drum.

And it also burns hotter than many designer retail ones imo or an actual brick lined one I built some time ago.
 
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Thanks for your help guys.
I'll have another look at those logs.
From what I understand, it's the moisture content that determines how smokey it will be so as long as they're super dry it should be okay.
Thanks again.
 
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You might find a moisture meter useful.
To avoid smoke, use wood that is as dry as possible, and avoid treated timber, painted timber etc
As ellal says - start with softwood, then once it's gong well add some hardwood
If you split the wood down, it'll dry quicker and burn quicker
You don't really want flames for marshmallows - you're better off with red glowing wood once the fire had died down slightly

I've never come across this '80% smoke' - intrigued to know what that's all about!
 
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