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Sorry don't agree with this. Wood will burn in the egg. I see chunks on fire all the time with it closed I have even added chunks through the bottom vent that you could clearly see burning. When you are coming to temp and you have wood in the egg when it hits around 350 dome and your smoke goes clear that's cause your wood caught fire.Darby_Crenshaw said:people soak chips because they are afraid they will ignite and burn too quickly. it's not possible in an egg, just doesn't happen. in a big airy (i.e. not air tight) propane gasser or other smoker, sure, they will burst into flame. but not in a BGE. heck, i have added wood to the fire late during a cook in order to add smoke to a steak, and even that won't burst into flame.
try this next time you have a steak going at 700+ dome temps: at some point toward the end, if you want a little smoke, toss an oak twig onto the blazing hot bed of coals. sure, with the dome open, it will ignite. but shut the dome and look down in thru the top vent. that fire will go out, and the twig will smoke. open the dome? poof. it will find the extra (new!) oxygen, and burst into flame again. same reason you get flashbacks. no spare O2, and then suddenly lots of spare O2
use whatever works for you.
i have splits, chunks from trees limbs, bark, twigs, grape vine, last summer's herbs still in the garden (dead/dried), etc.
if it all smells good when it smokes, it'll taste good.
-bark is a non-issue, take it or leave it
-soaking is not required
-green versus aged is a non issue (half the old-timers tell you their secret is green wood, the other half say you need to dry it a year)
i add my chips or hickory bark (shagbark) all around IN the lump (not on top), because the fire is small and travels around. if i have small chunks, i usually add them in afe places nestled into the lump, and after lighting, will put some wood directly into the hot coals.
if you gave me an equal amount of wood, in chip form and in chunk form, i would get better, longer, more consistent smoke with chips. too often i find that the fire has left a chunk sitting up high, fire below it, or missed a few of them altogether. whereas the chips, even sawdust.... you can spread that stuff everywhere
there was a dude here who thought that this sketch meant i was saying the air flowed downward. no. the air comes in from the bottom and out the upper vent. the fire moves downward as it seeks the air.