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Soak wood?

KoskoKosko Posts: 535
edited October 2012 in EggHead Forum
I know some soak there wood chips/chunks. I personally do. What about you guys?
Peachtree City, Ga Large BGE
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,168
    No. Never. At all. But that is just me.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • No.  If water penetrated wood easily, all of the trees would be soggy after a rain.
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,796
    No, never.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    Never...probably because of the guys above :D
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,796
    Wood subjected to high temperatures produces smoke

    Water subjected to high temperatures produces steam.

    You decide.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • never.
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  • ZickZick Posts: 171
    Never. I used to until I learned it is really a myth. The best change you can make is go from chips to chunks or blocks of wood.
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
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  • DocWonmugDocWonmug Posts: 266
    Not any more. Reading here on the forum suggests it gives a better flavor without smoking, and it is not needed anyway.
    LBGE
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,423
    Used to, when coming over from metal cookers w. poor air flow control that let the wood burst into flame. Was mostly useless then, and quite unnecessary with the Egg's tight air flow control.
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  • mb99zzmb99zz Posts: 182
    Great thread!  After reading the posts, I'm going to change my approach (still a new egger here). Next time I do a butt I'm going to use chunks and I will NOT soak them.   I used soaked chips last time and I felt there wasn't enough smoke flavor despite using several handfuls.  
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,796
    mb99zz said:
    Great thread!  After reading the posts, I'm going to change my approach (still a new egger here). Next time I do a butt I'm going to use chunks and I will NOT soak them.   I used soaked chips last time and I felt there wasn't enough smoke flavor despite using several handfuls.  
    The only difference between chunks and chips is the total amount of wood. You can achieve the same results by using the same volume of chips equal to your desired amount of chunks.

    I use chunks because they are easier to throw in and store. (I do use chips for chicken or fish)
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Dry Dry Dry.  Like mowing the yard without a beer in the cupholder.  That's a riding mower for you city slickers.

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,689
    mb99zz said:
    Great thread!  After reading the posts, I'm going to change my approach (still a new egger here). Next time I do a butt I'm going to use chunks and I will NOT soak them.   I used soaked chips last time and I felt there wasn't enough smoke flavor despite using several handfuls.  
    No need to soak, thanks Stike. You can use chips in the egg with good results, chunks are easy and usually will not flare as much if you open the dome to check on things. If the egg is stable at 225-275 for a low and slow, chips will work just fine if they are spread thru the lump. They smoulder and make good smoke. If you open the dome, they will flare so keep peeking to a minimum. Use up what you have before you get some chunks. 
    I like chunks because the unburned ones are easier to find in the lump so I don't dose my to be  hickory smoked chicken with the mesquite leftover from last night's roast. Don't like "mesquickory". 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,776
    Used to with my old metal offset smoker, but quit doing it before I even got the Egg. never any more.

    Richardson, Texas

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  • DocWonmugDocWonmug Posts: 266
    Chips light off faster and don' last as long. Good for grilling. Chunks are good for long cooks.
    LBGE
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  • HashmakerHashmaker Posts: 149
    I never soak and always use chunks.
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  • ribmasterribmaster Posts: 209
    I never soak. Why? because I learned it was not needed. It only delays the smoke. placement and size extend the time of smoke.
    I grill therefore I am.....not hungy.
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  • lwrehmlwrehm Posts: 194
    No soaking here...I prefer chunks but have used chips.
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  • pezking7ppezking7p Posts: 132
    mb99zz said:
    Great thread!  After reading the posts, I'm going to change my approach (still a new egger here). Next time I do a butt I'm going to use chunks and I will NOT soak them.   I used soaked chips last time and I felt there wasn't enough smoke flavor despite using several handfuls.  
    The only difference between chunks and chips is the total amount of wood. You can achieve the same results by using the same volume of chips equal to your desired amount of chunks.

    I use chunks because they are easier to throw in and store. (I do use chips for chicken or fish)
    I've been using chips lately, and I have to say I think the chunks are a little better at prolonged smoking.  chips seem to go up all at once and quit smoking after 20 minutes. 
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  • KoskoKosko Posts: 535
    Awesome. I appreciate the input from all. I use to use a cheap smoker ( brinkman) and I would soak the chips or chunks. Now that I have my egg it's a whole new ball game but I wasn't sure about soaking them , until now!
    Peachtree City, Ga Large BGE
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  • Kosko said:
    Awesome. I appreciate the input from all. I use to use a cheap smoker ( brinkman) and I would soak the chips or chunks. Now that I have my egg it's a whole new ball game but I wasn't sure about soaking them , until now!
    I still soak for my Brinkman, Weber kettle and Sportsman.  I do NOT soak for the BGE.
    My actuary says I'm dead.
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  • Kosko said:
    Awesome. I appreciate the input from all. I use to use a cheap smoker ( brinkman) and I would soak the chips or chunks. Now that I have my egg it's a whole new ball game but I wasn't sure about soaking them , until now!
    I still soak for my Brinkman, Weber kettle and Sportsman.  I do NOT soak for the BGE.
    It makes sense to use water in the Brinkman & Weber, but soaking doesn't add much water.  The water doesn't penetrate very far into the wood.  Maybe a 1/16th inch or so.  That's why water baths are used so the meat doesn't dry out.  Depending on soaked wood chips or chunks for a water source to keep food moist in those rigs is not wise IMO.

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • RzeancakRzeancak Posts: 153
    I DID SOAKED! THEN I SOPPED! I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO SOAKED AGAIN.
    A child can ask questions a wise man can't answer!!!
    Canada
    Large @ Small BGE 

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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 938
    I never soaked wood chunks for my smoker. I did however soak woodchips going into my gas grills smoker drawer. Since switching to the egg I don't soak the chips either.
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
    No soaking here.
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
    Bay Area, CA
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,812
    I used to soak 'em.   Then I saw the light.  Steam don't add no flavor.
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  • Thanks to the great advice in this forum, I don't soak.  I do use chunk on low and slow, but use chips for quicker cooks.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

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  • BigCBigC Posts: 27
    Thanks for this thread, @Kosko. Great guidance by the experts. Will soak no more!!!
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  • BigCBigC Posts: 27
    On similar note...is it possible to have "too much of a good thing" by adding too much chips/chunks to a long cook? Have heard some say that more isn't necessarily better.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,812

    BigC said:
    On similar note...is it possible to have "too much of a good thing" by adding too much chips/chunks to a long cook? Have heard some say that more isn't necessarily better.
    Yes.   I completely ruined a beautiful chuck roast with too much pecan.  We ate it for dinner, but it tasted like someone dumped an ash-tray into the pulled beef.  I threw a large pecan branch on the lump.  It was a tough lesson.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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