Wet or Dry Wood Chunks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dre9300, May 4, 2015.

  1. dre9300

    dre9300 Newbie

    Should I soak my wood chunks in water before smoking my meat or should I just use them dry? Which way gives more flavor?
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  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hello Dre9300...

    First off, welcome to the forums! When you have time, please go to the Roll Call Forum and introduce yourself...just tell the guys a little about you, and give them a chance to welcome you.

    Now your question...This has been discussed in threads many times before. You could use the search window at the top of the page to read all about it if you're interested. Just type something along the lines of "soaking wood chips" and you'll find plenty. I actually just did that...here is a link to those results:


    IMO soaking your wood...chips or chunks...is a waste of time. You are trying to get the wood to smolder and produce smoke as it undergoes slow combustion. The small amount of water that manages to soak into the wood must evaporate before this can occur.

    Just my two cents...again, welcome!

    Last edited: May 4, 2015
  3. kihler

    kihler Smoke Blower

    No soaking. You want smoke. I don't think soaking does anything but slow down the smoke.
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum!

    As Red pointed out there are several extensive posts on this..... and long story short don't soak, just toss them in. [​IMG]
  5. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit


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