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Is soaking chunks/chips important?

BordersBorders Posts: 665
edited 5:01PM in EggHead Forum
I usually soak the wood, but sometimes I forget or decide to use different wood at the last minute. Does it make a difference?


  • Borders,
    I think you will find half say yes, half say no. Being the lazy sort, I say no.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    Borders,[p]I use unsoaked chunks 9 times out of 10. For the 10th time, I want a burst of smoke and use unsoaked chips.[p]Ken
  • BordersBorders Posts: 665
    BlueSmoke, I think you meant to use "soaked" on one of those times you used "unsoaked". Could you please clarify? Thanks, Scott

  • HammerHammer Posts: 1,001
    I think that Blue Smoke and The Whiz has given you the answers you need. Me personally, depends on the time involved, and the way I feel at the time, re lazy or not.

  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    Borders,[p]Just checked: nope. What I didn't say was I don't soak either chips or chunks.[p]Ken
  • ShelbyShelby Posts: 803
    Notice the difference...chips vs. chunks. The chips will light and smoke much faster but also burn up much faster.[p]Personally, I used to soak all the I hardly ever do.

  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 515
    From my understanding, and checking the scientist in me, soaking only allows the production of steam along with real smoke. The steam does very little.

  • DaveDave Posts: 163
    Borders,[p]I always thought that the main idea was to give your meat flavor by using the hot ashes of the wood instead of raw wood, wet or dry.[p] Dave

  • QBabeQBabe Posts: 2,275
    Borders,[p]I never soak the wood, chips or chunks...[p]Tonia

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