Hey guys, first time in the forum, and new smoker here. I am super stoked, cause I've been grilling on propane for about 4 years now, and I just found out that my dad has a new brunsfel water smoker. It is a tall tower, with an off-set heat source. I have used it to smoke some meat about 5 times now, and every time it has turned out amazing. I have also used just the grill party to cook some chicken and the works, and that also has be amazing.
What my question is, Ive just been using charcoal as my heat source, and put soaked wood chips on the coals when im ready to smoke. This has worked great, but I want to use wood as my heat source. It makes me feel like a true smoker. I've used just wood to grill chicken and the works, and it always turns out ten times better than just charcoal and a little wood chips for grilling. So I have looked everywhere to find a correct answer for this question.
If I am using wood as my heat source, do I still need to put wet wood chips on the coals, or does the wood coals (NO CHARCOAL) produce smoke for the smoking process, or do I need to still use the wet wood chips even if I am using wood as my heat source?
Next question is, if I want to just grill with wood, then do I use logs, or chunks so it dosent take as long to burn to coals?
My next question is, why do some people use charcoal and then just place logs on top of them? Is this for smoking or grilling? Do the whole logs produce smoke for a smoking, or do they catch on fire to use with the coals for a grilling?
Next question is, IF I do use charcoal as my heat source for smoking, is it better to use wood chips or wood chunks?
And my last question is, why do people use charcoal over wood to smoke/grill anyway?
Thank you guys for all your help and input. I really have found a new love for grilling with wood, and smoking. I would really appreciate as many if not all these questions answered for me! THANKS AGAIN FOR THE HELP :)
Edited by Minx Boy - 11/3/11 at 9:24am