I learned this past weekend that soaking wood is a no no for me. I have never soaked my wood before but this past 4th of juyl weekend I parked my smoker at my n-laws, wood and everything, overnite so it'll be there that morning. So my dad n law decided to soak the wood in water. It took the TBS forever to get going and my ribs/butt/leg quaters didnt have a smoke flavor at all. Usually I can taste a good portion of smoke in my ribs but nooooooo not this time. It was the same batch of wood i have used all year so I was expecting hickory flavor, but all I got was bbq sauce flavor. So from experience, NO wood soaking for me.