I have a WSM and I use hickory chunks with the charcoal . I made a reverse flow smokers which I burn all hickory logs. Now I see a big difference in taste and smoke flavor between the 2 smokers. Since the WSM has to be choked down with air intakes to maintain the desired temp. The smoke taste is more bitter. In the reverse flow it burns clean blue smoke and you get the flavor without the bitterness. I see a big difference between the 2 different pits. Nothing beats the reverse flow pit stick burner.
2- 22.5 WSM , 150 Gallon Offset , 250 Gallon Reverse Flow