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To Soak Or Not To Soak

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by cruiser rod, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    I've just started smoking with a MES and a few of my buddies told me that they don't soak their wood chips. I had a Big Chief cold smoker and I always soaked my chips and always had good smoke. Using the MES when I soak the chips I don't see as much smoke. Is it me or should I not soak my chips?
  2. jdwalker

    jdwalker Newbie

    I don't think smoking chips does anything except create steam.  As far as I can tell, soaking does nothing for quality of smoke and only slows down the process.  It is pretty easy to add more chips to your MES if you want a longer smoke.  Just my .02.

  3. Last edited: Oct 22, 2013
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In the MES, I have found using less chips, more often, provides a better smoke on food..  a 1/4 cup of chips about every 30-45 minutes works well for me...   I don't soak chips... If you want moisture in the smoker, a small aluminum pan with a 1/4 - 1/2 cup of water, for the first few hours of smoke, will add sufficient moisture to the smoker.... 

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013
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  5. He said it all!
  6. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    From my newly recent experience I agree with y'all. I did have a concern with a flavor difference but that has been answered here too. Thanks again!
  7. kenster56

    kenster56 Newbie

    The only thing you will get from soaking your chips is a few more minutes of smoke. The chips are to thin/small to retain much water and it evaporates quickly. In my opinion it is a waste of time to soak them.