I did the wood chunks ontop of charcoal once. The virtualbullet website has a good write up. It worked well. I need to pratice ans experiment with it more. I bought a Maze because I needed a new toy. I also liked the fact that it would be easy to repeat the same every time, while the charcoal could vary based on how lit the charcoal is, how big chunks, etc.
I see no downside to the tin can soldering iron method. Lots of people here use it. It is all just a matter of experimenting with it to determine how long to smoke, how long to rest, etc.
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