Soaking wood chips

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by airbourn, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. I'm new to smoking and have a question on wood chips? Do you need to soak them in water before use or not? Seems like it takes forever to get smoke if you do. I have a Master Built electric smoker. Thanks
  2. If you soak the chips they have to dry before they can smoke. You will see steam but that is not smoke. The chips will last a little longer if soaked but not much. So their is no correct answer as to which way to go. A lot of us use a AMNPS or AMNTS and burn pellets. The AMNPS will add smoke for 10-12 hours without having to mess with it.

    I see this is your first post. When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome?

    Happy smoken.

  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use them wet and unwet (like that? "Unwet"), can't see much difference.

    The only reason I can see for wetting chips is to retard their time till they can commence smoking. Its my understanding that the sweet spot for smoke absorption is 100 to 140 IT (internal temperature), by wetting the chips its allowing the meat a chance to start warming before the smoke hits it. Thereby giving the meat to get closer to that sweet spot range before smoking.

    Also it may also add a chance for the smoker to come up to the initial set temperature. That allows it a chance to to change from continious high heat (constant temperature to the chips) to a shorter up and down heater or modulating of the hearter to possibly allow for a longer attempt to start the chips again to smoldering.

    Both are just my own ideas, but I am pretty sure that the water in the chips towards humidity can add nothing to help.

    Also remember that dry chips in a tray over high continious heat, with heavy air flow can not only combust but explode (I swear!). Its pretty cool to see that reloader shoot out the side! Make sure you don't leave it in an unsecured position when only using dry chips.

    Pretty basically what Mule said above in one sentence......<chuckles>


    BTW I see you are new, when you get a chance, drop by the "Roll Call" forum and sign in so you can get a full howdee from folks. Also when ya can, click on the profile icon on the above task bar and let us know something about you. If nothing else your location. It can help with questions sometimes as thing may be different in MAine from Hawaii. Look forward to meeting you.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
  4. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Mule is right
  5. That is the best and most logical thing I've ever read about wetting chips/wood.  THANKS!
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I will never wet wood ever again. Again.

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