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Why Soak Wood Chips?

The_Grill_SergeantThe_Grill_Sergeant Posts: 87
edited October 2011 in EggHead Forum
I'm curious as to why folks are compelled to soak wood chips/chunks before they get tossed on the coals?  Wood, by its very nature, doesn't take on much water (that's why they build boats out of the stuff) and most of the moisture will just steam off anyway.  Simple physics (and experience) tells me that if I want great smoke (not steam) from burning wood, the wood should be dense and dry.

Thoughts?

Sarge
Egg Head in Klamath Falls, Oregon

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