Season the hickory or any other wood you depend on for heat and coals!
Fruit woods like apple, peach, pear, plum, etc. can be used fresh - they aren't used for heat as much as flavor and it's their sap that gives a lot of the flavor.
Southern Brethren BBQ Competition Team
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KingFisher Gator Rotisserie cooker, WSM, Stainless 5 burner with IR gas grill, Turkey Fryer, Weber JD Commemorative grill, slightly used Bandera chamber for future use as a cold smoker, Masterbuilt 40" insulated ELECTRIC smoker