My wife got me a CharGriller smoker with side firebox for christmas/hannukah. Great lady, huh? I have never used a smoker before. The manual says not to soak the wood or it will soot all over my food, but various web pages and friends tell me to soak it. I have some hickory chunks and some applewood chips. I think that I am going to buy a picnic today and put some mustard and rub on it tonight, then smoke it tomorrow. Who's right? Should I soak the wood or not?