Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gator325, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. gator325

    gator325 Newbie

    I have a CharBroil electric vertical smoker. I have tried various wood chips with good success except for Cherry. For some reason it will not smoke. I have to take it out of the wood chip holder and dump it right on the electric heating element. Any suggestions? (usual smoking temp is 250 deg. F.  The cherry chips are small (almost like big splinters) so I am thinking they should work.  Should I not soak them before using?
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There is no need to soak wood chips prior to smoking. cherry is harder oro get to smolder than other woods. Sometimes you need to mix in some other type of wood to get it going.
  3. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I use cherry from time to time. A little more subtle than my usual hickory.

    Like DS said, don't bother soaking them.

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2015
  4. gator325

    gator325 Newbie

    Thanks for the tips guys.

    I was following some instructions that came with the smoker that said soak the wood for about an hour.

    I tried smoking some chicken breasts with cherry today without soaking the wood and it worked great.
  5. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic



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