Originally Posted by webpoppy8
I have an MES 30", so I'm not really "burning" my wood (chips) per se. Is soaking wood important, and how long, how much? I'm aware of some who say soaking wood is pointless, but it seems the majority soak wood before using it for smoking.
I've used wood chips for both grilling and smoking. I learned years ago that soaking wood chips does nothing to extend their smoke production time/ Dry wood chips smoked for a few minutes and soaked wood chips produced smoke for about the same amount of time. In fact, early on with with my MES 30 Gen 1 I tried soaking the wood chips for a couple of different smokes.The wet chips were harder to drop from the wood chip loader than dry chips. I had to carefully and manually loosen the more recalcitrant wet chips with my fingers and then mix them with dry chips before putting them back in the chip loader to dump them onto the wood chip burner.
Many grilling/smoking cookbook writers and bloggers no longer recommend soaking wood chips. I just looked at a guy who is considered one of the top, or perhaps the best self-promoted grillers/smokers in the country and he sells not only a single but also a double wood chip soaker set. In my opinion, you don't need it.
Even though I still have bags of wood chips I bought years ago, for smoking I only use wood pellets and burn them in a tray called the A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker. I also have a tube smoker that I won in a drawing. This year for cold smoking I'm going to experiment with Dust, which I've read works better at low temperatures. I still throw wood chips on top of charcoal when grilling certain meats if I want to add an extra bit of smoke flavor, but for my tastes I need to keep throwing new chips on ever 10-15 minutes because by that time the chips have been burned to ash. I plan to do more experimenting with wood pellets in that tube smoker to get longer-lasting smoke for both direct and indirect heat grilling. Last year, I had a problem with the wood pellets going out so I need to find a spot under the cooking grate where there's a constant abundance of airflow.
Edited by daRicksta - 5/22/17 at 4:33pm