Today was my first time smoking cheese but I wasn't able to get the wood to smolder and burn on it's own. I live in Japan, so my selection of smoking wood is very limited. I picked up a bag of wood chips, but they are much smaller than normal wood chips. They were about a few centimeters at their thickest and no longer than an inch. I tried to light them with a lighter, but they wouldn't burn continuously. As soon as I took the heat off, the chips would die. The only way I could get the chips to continuously smoke was to cover a briquette with them, and even then, only the chips that were directly touching the briquette would burn. Am I doing this wrong? Are wood chips too big to be used as a cold smoke source? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!