Hello All...i am a new guy when it comes to smoking...i have just a few questions. i smoked my ribs and they came out falling right off the bone...but my main question is the actual smoking part... first off, do i wait to put my ribs in after my smoker starts smoking or put them in right away when i put the wood in? my other problem was, my wood was burning quick, and i was using wood chunks. i soaked them for about 30 minutes. Should i soak them or not? and how do i keep the wood smoking nicely and not have it burning and that burning smell? my other concern is, some people i know put charcoal in their pan on the bottom and then put the wood on top. does using charcoal make it better to smoke the food? what can that help for me? some tips would be great...thanks everyone!