To soak or not to soak?

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by sharpsh, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. sharpsh

    sharpsh Newbie

    Hi everyone,

    I am very new to smoking - just got a masterbuilt electric bullet smoker for my 30th birthday.

    The manual isn't clear, but should I be soaking my wood chips before putting them in the pan? The smoker has a water pan so I'm not too concerned with the problem of lack of moisture, but some people say to soak and others say no.


  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    No don't soak the chips, you will get better smoke with them dry.

  3. sharpsh

    sharpsh Newbie

    Thanks for the advice!
  4. Good afternoon and welcome from East Texas.  I don't ever soak my chips

  5. sharpsh

    sharpsh Newbie

    Thanks Gary! Greetings from the Windy City!
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dry chips and a dry water pan makes for fantastic Q.
  7. sharpsh

    sharpsh Newbie

    No water at all? Manual says to add water...
  8. To explain the not soaking;   Soaking only prolongs the time it takes for your ships to start smoking. The smoking is a result in the chips heating up, when they are wet nothing happens, then they will steam and after all the moisture is dried out from the chips then they start smoking.

  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep no water. Cover your water pan with foil for easy clean up.

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