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Keeping a few chunks of wood in water all of the time

Does anyone keep a few chunks of wood in water to use for your next smoke?  Does it help the smoke by prolonging the wood or do VOC's become more of an issue?
CC, TX
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,896
    no I don't nor do I even bother soaking my wood. Reason is simple - the wood can't produce smoke until it dries out from the soaking.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,806
    I tried that several years back and found that the chunks would make a slimy film on the water and I stopped doing it 'cause the egg does not need soaked wood IMHO.  Have just used chips or chunks dry for the last 10 years or so.  Sometimes when using chips,pellets or tea I will wrap in HDAF and poke a few holes and just toss into fire. 
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,910
    I don't soak at all. From what I've seen, most eggers don't. In any case, I would think mold or mildew would become an issue with prolonged soaking.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,459
    I'm another non soaker
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    I never soak wood chunks for use with the Egg.   IMHO - soaking has no effect on the Egg.

     

    Cookin in Texas
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  • I do not soak either. I mix in the chunks throughout the lump and I think if the wood was wet it would just get the lump wet, and that is no bueno 
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Weber Performer.
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,115

    If you're doing a really low and slow cook (sub-250), it takes a long time for that wood to dry out.  Then after it dries, it turns into charcoal. 

    So, I never soak chunks.  If for some reason I get some chips, I would soak those since it takes me a while to get the plate setter & meat in there before the lid is closed.

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  • Any water absorbed by the wood (and it's not much, that's why we make canoes out of it) when heated is just being turned into steam.  If you want more smoke instead of steam, then don't soak.  
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,572
    The egg is an air restricted smoker/grill. Smoke wood does not have to be soaked in a kamado. Smoke wood must be soaked to slow down and lengthen the burn when you cannot restrict the air flow, that's why the concept of soaking smoke wood makes sense in a non air restricted smoker/grill. 
    In a kamado grill, the smoke wood simply burns as the air supply lets it. Mix smoke wood (chips or chunks) throughout the lump, all will be good. For long cooks you want to start with a small fire and let the fire travel to the smoke wood throughout the cook. 
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  • Good feedback and makes sense.  I've always mixed dry wood with charcoal for long cooks, but my father in law swears by soaking wood first...
    CC, TX
    1 Small, 1 Large, BGE Lump... and a lot of love.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,725
    Soaking wood chunks/chips seems to work for gas grills hence folks think it must work for charcoal too.

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  • I don't soak wood either.. But Bge cookbook States to soak. Why would they suggest it?
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  • WhalerWhaler Posts: 101
    If your F.I.L. wants to soak chips add a drop or two of hand dishwashing
    liquid to the water. That will break  the surface tension between the wood 
    and the water letting the water soak in very quickly.
    Pensacola,FL
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  • I don't soak wood either.. But Bge cookbook States to soak. Why would they suggest it?
    Because they don't read this forum.
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

    Currently in Albuquerque, where I'm kicking ass every day, even without a basket.  
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,115
    Whaler said:
    If your F.I.L. wants to soak chips add a drop or two of hand dishwashing
    liquid to the water. That will break  the surface tension between the wood 
    and the water letting the water soak in very quickly.
    Then do a clean burn?????     =))

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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,896
    edited January 2014
    Seeing I was the first to respond and said I do not soak there is one exception that works as a trick for me. Say my temperature had gotten way - away from me before putting my food on - say 100 degrees or even more then I will take a few handfuls of chips or more if it is a raging fire and then soak them in very hot tap water for 10 minutes. The hot water opens the pores of the wood more. Then open my dome and quickly spread those wet chips on the hot part of the fire. Close dome and listen to the hiss and watch the temperature back off quicker than any other trick I know. Trust me this little trick works!
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • WhalerWhaler Posts: 101
    Whaler said:
    If your F.I.L. wants to soak chips add a drop or two of hand dishwashing
    liquid to the water. That will break  the surface tension between the wood 
    and the water letting the water soak in very quickly.
    Then do a clean burn?????     =))
    Why the clean burn? :(|)
    Pensacola,FL
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,115
    Whaler said:
    Whaler said:
    If your F.I.L. wants to soak chips add a drop or two of hand dishwashing
    liquid to the water. That will break  the surface tension between the wood 
    and the water letting the water soak in very quickly.
    Then do a clean burn?????     =))
    Why the clean burn? :(|)
    Because you put soap in it......sorry, lame attempt at humor. 

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