How long to soak?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by lintonkennels, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. I was wondering how long do you guys soak your wood chips? I let mine go over night for about 24 hours total. I am to use the chips but ended up haveing to get wood chunks and trim them down to size. They just dont seem like they work right to me didnt seem like they were putting smoke off. I was wondering if this was just because of the low temp about 160 or did I soak them to long?
  2. figjam

    figjam Meat Mopper

    You'll likely get opinions on both sides ... both for soaking and not soaking.

    For you, let me ask ... Why do you soak em?
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's a personal choice, I don't soak wood chips cause they just gotta dry out ta create smoke.

    I control the amounta air gettin ta mine. In the gosm, I use a bread pan an cover that with foil an poke about 5 er 6 holes in it, get good smoke without flare ups.
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't soak either. They just steam until they start to smoke. It may slow things down a bit, but not much from what I've noticed. I've done it both ways.
  5. I will try it without soaking the chips thanks alot guys
  6. I let chunks soak for about 3-4 days. He said about over night...No it is not going to soak through, you do not need a smart guy to tell you that. Chips I would do 12 hours and not worry about it. Hell I scored some adler it is almost like saw dust. almost but not that fine and an hour and it is ready. It is on all how you want to do it.
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Not to step on toe's here, either way you want the TBS, whatever works for you. Stay away from rolling thunder.
  8. i let them soak over night and let them drain about an hour before i need them
  9. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I never soak my wood....never saw a need for it.
  10. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    soaking wood for a wood smoker is a waist of time, "as said" it has to dry out to start smoking, but for putting it directly on hot charcoal "as seen by AB in his shows" can reduce flair ups.
  11. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    You didn't way what you were smoking, but at 160* temps it must be sausage.

    A lot of that generates smoke by using a special sawdust in a shallow pan set onto a hotplate. That is dampened by dousing the dust with a spray bottle. Not soaked...just damp. Keeps it from flaring up into a fire.

    Few if any other smokers need to have the chips or chunks soaked. Unless you are going to boil them or put them under a vacuum, that is just wet on the outside anyway. The initial surge is just going to drive the water off as steam and then it's back to doing what they were going to do anyway.

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