Originally Posted by Dauvis
Yeah, I tried the minion method but everything ended up igniting. I think I'll give the splits a shot. I'm in suburban purgatory so I don't have a good source for wood for the splits. In the interim, could I use campfire wood with hardwood chunks? Thanks all
Sorry, didn't see this part or would have put it in my previous post. I'm not sure what you mean by "campfire wood," but if you just mean any random wood that you would throw on a campfire the answer is no. There are many different woods that you can use for smoking, however, there are far more that you may not. For example, you may not use any of the "evergreen" woods. A lot of trees contain too much resin and will give off a "sooty" smoke that will result in a nasty flavor.
As a rule, you can use most any "hardwood." If you are in suburbia, stick with charcoal (I suggest simply the kingsford blue bag) and hardwood chunks. Splits are great to use if you have access, but aren't a necessity. You can find a source for splits as you get more experienced if the bbq bug bites you.