I have an MES 30 and am new to smoking...Should the wood chips be soaked or not?
I found no advantage to soaking chips, but a mixture can give you a longer time before having to tend it. A few dry chips for quick smoke, a dry chunk or 2 for longer smoke and a wet chunk or 2 to kick in later. Toss them all in at once and get a longer smoke time, or get yourself one of Todd's AMNPS pellet smokers and find out what a neat tool it is. Steady TBS for hours. Kick back and enjoy.