Hey everyone, Happy Holidays. I just had a few questions... I've been reading about soaking wood chips in water to prevent flare ups; however I also read that chunks shouldn't be put in water because that causes them to take a while to start smoking. I have put whole chunks in the smoker as is and they have caught fire relatively quickly; thus resulting in my temperature to go up pretty quickly. I'm getting a charcoal basket in a few weeks, does this help keep the wood from catching fire? Does the wood start to smoke as it gets heat even though it hasn't ignited yet? I realise these may be silly questions but I simply don't know the answers and could use help on them. Thanks in advance.