I'm new here, living in Manila, Philippines. I'm planning on having a steel smoker fabricated, the vertical kind like a Pitmaker BBQ Vault. The offset design also looks good, but I think I'll go with the vault type. Hope I can still post here.
Shipping and cost make it impractical to import anything here. That includes wood.
I've rummaged through the hardware stores that import wood chips and chunks, but they are limited (at least 1/2 dozen on these forums in direct competition) and expensive ($10-12 a bag). They don't have oak/hickory/mesquite trees here, or apple, etc.
What they do have is mahogany, acacia, and mango trees. They might have avocado, too, but I've never seen it. I'm still looking, but that's what I've come up with. Some of it you can get delivered if you buy 300Kg, most you have to go out to the province to pickup. I've found a supplier of coconut husks and coconut charcoal, which is what the locals use, and you can get that a lot of places. But this post is about wood.
Finally, to top it all off, because of massive deforestation, in 2011, a logging ban was instituted for natural and residual forests. What wood you can get comes from farms. Some are about 50-60km away and some are 200 km or more. Oh, and then you have to remember that there are 7000+ islands in the Philippines, making logistics even more difficult.
You gotta be crazy to smoke meat here. Gotta go, arranging for delivery of 300KG of mahogany. :-)