Like anything it is horses for courses. If you want to smoke a Pork Shoulder on Oak you are not going to get that from a petrol station forecourt. The logs that you buy from the station will be a mixture of different woods which will include Oak, Beech, Lime, Sycamore, along other hardwoods which is classed as mixed hardwoods. The moisture content of these woods should be OK if they are from a reputable dealer, however unless you know one wood from another you will be taking pot luck on what you will be smoking your food on. Personally I prefer to know where my wood has come from, and know it is from a reputable dealer than any old wood from wherever.
As long as you are happy with the logs that you get from your mate I would stick with it. I have never classed myself as a BBQ snob, but I also don't believe on using crap products that are a false economy, but I also understand some people want the cheapest products possible regardless of their quality, like I say Horses for Courses.
I don't understand your reference to BBQ snobs, where you openly advertise using Pecan & Mesquite chips.
Edited by smokewood - 5/3/16 at 3:10pm