Originally Posted by gettinbasted
This. I have tried chef's select in my gravity fed smoker and I really wanted to like it, but there was so much ash. You just can't beat good old Ozark oak.
I'm conveniently located in SW Mo so I have a steady source of this. It's at nearly every store and at really good prices. As far as ash - I'm with you there. The less work I have to do the better :)
With briquettes (and perhaps this is unfounded) I get slightly concerned with the chemicals.