Thank you to everyone who has responded. I decided to go ahead and try pellets instead of wood chunks or chips. I found that the pellets do burn really fast, and they also spike the temperature in the smoker too. The pellets burned extremely hot!!! Even with dampening everything down it was hard to keep the temp. below 300F, which is great for chicken or Tri Tip. Not so good for ribs, pork butt, or brisket. The smoke flavor from the pellets was not as good as using wood chunks either. Pellets imparted a flavor that tasted like piss! Thank you everyone.