To Soak or Not to Soak ... That Is the Question

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by glx1747, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. When using bigger "chunks" of wood (1 inch thick) should I soak em in water 10-20 minutes before cooking or just leave em dry?

    Using different types of wood, are there different methods for soaking?

  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't think you should wet wood you wanna burn. I DO think you should stop into the Roll Call forum and give us an introduction, tho! Smoker type, experience, etc. Helps us answer you, and it's just the polite thing to do
  3. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some do, but MOST DON"T. Just don,t unless you like steam
  4. we never do it at contests. Anything coming out of the stack is waste.
  5. cthomp

    cthomp Fire Starter

    Wouldn't soaking the wood make it burn slower?
  6. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nah, just makes it steam before it burns. Pretty much personal choice but as mentioned most here don't soak including myself. But if it makes you feel good then soak away!
  7. dougbennett

    dougbennett Smoke Blower

    I've tried both ways ... and now I don't soak. Just delays the inevitable burning. And every pro I've talked to doesn't soak.
  8. cthomp

    cthomp Fire Starter

    I guess soaking is out. I did notice that when I did soak it took much longer for the wood to actually start smoking. That annoyed me.
  9. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    One thing CT...if yer running a big stickburner with a massive firebox, green <sorta soaked>wood can be used judiciously...but there's about a bazillion BTU's in there to deal with that. Us small guys HAVE to season the wood, and then why would we soak it after seasoning?

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