My friends often give me smoking related presents. They mean well and I thank them knowing I'll never use the gift (usually rub which is too salty for my taste). This year I received some bourbon barrel staves. I run my MES-40 in a dual configuration. For long smokes I set up the mailbox and use the tube smoker. Nothing like starting a brisket or butt and going back to bed knowing it will be smoked for 7 hours. For shorter smokes I use the chip feeder. So my questions to the esteemed members of the group: 1. What is the easiest way to chip the barrel staves? 2. What types of meat would this work well on?