I bought a bag of hickory chips from the store, and liked it quite a bit when I was experimenting with different woods.
I went out and bought a bag of chunks (a different brand), so they would last longer, and the first chunk I used had a weird smoke scent that reminded me of bug-spray and sawdust. I thought maybe the meat would taste o.k., but it tasted just like it smelled unfortunately.
Wondering if it was a fluke, I tested other chunks from the new bag. One two-toned chunk smelled like cherry to me on the darker wood part of the chunk, then the lighter half smelled like generic unpleasant burnt wood. A third chunk actually smelled like I expect hickory to smell.
What is going on here, is this kind of inconsistency normal in bagged wood chunks/chips? The wood is definitely not green, it has probably been sitting on the shelf in the store for a long time.
(Using an electric smoker by the way, thats why only 1 chunk at a time)
Edited by CaliPerson - 9/16/16 at 6:24pm