Originally Posted by PatioDaddio
For me there are three main reasons:
- Availability - These will be available at most places where the blue bag is.
- Consistency - They are as consistent as their charcoal. People won't have to worry about good vs. bad wood.
- Measurable/Repeatable - The consistent size make them easy to measure, and thus easy to repeat.
I was thinking the same thing on consistency. Wood chunks vary widely in moisture, porosity etc, giving varied results for a given amount of wood. Add the fact that the chunks are almost never uniformly sized, and most of us don't weigh our wood chunks so we get inconsistent results. If these give a good flavor, it's pretty easy to note "used 4 Kingsford hickory flavor briquettes at beginning of smoke, chicken was perfect" and be able to repeat the results.