I'm just a guy who loves to deer hunt and to create new things from the harvest. I've been making sausages and jerky for years and have just purchased a Grillpro propane smoker. I am looking to smoke some of the sausage as well as finally making snack sticks. Here are my list of newbie questions: 1. What wood chips produce just a mild flavor or is there another trick in reducing the smoke flavor for the wife and kids. 2. Do I need to use a cure to smoke fresh sausage if I plan to freeze them for a few months tops? 3. When do use the water pan? Thanks, I already enjoy this site. Can't wait to get started!!