Got a visit from the local code enforcement official yesterday. Apparently a new neighbor (a fire chief of a neighboring town) called them to report an illegal fire. I had made a batch of charcoal using the Gilmore system, and it made quite a bit of smoke for the first 10-15. After that there was no smoke, but in that short time I managed to get his attention. The code enforcement guy was cool about it, and just told me to stop.
I looked it up, and open fires are illegal in my town, but I didn't really consider what I was doing to be an open fire. Obviously, I don't want to anger my neighbors or code enforcement, but am I wrong? Is it even possible to make charcoal without making some smoke while it comes up to temp?
Charcoal grills and smokers are legal.