So my dad just sent me a box filled with Alder logs, so I broke out the ax and started chopping them up into little pieces. While I was doing this I was noticing that they were bone dry. Which leads me to my question. Do you guys like to soak your wood before you smoke or do you think that this is just an extra step the you don't need. I would like to stretch my wood as far as it can go because it is not cheap to get it to San Diego???