Originally Posted by StickyD
Do you mean wet/damp as in it could be moldy or decomposing? Or are you suggesting that pre-soaking chunks might also be a culprit to cause the bitterness? It's a newbie question, I'm just curious because almost all my life I was instructed to soak, soak, soak, and that does not seem to be the conventional wisdom.
And leftover wood? I am guilty of throwing half-burned chunks into a bucket of water and then reusing them next time. Really that bad?
Yes and Yes. I have had it happen to me with mulberry wood. Smelled like animals had gotten caught in the firebasket.
If your air control is dialed in, there is no need to soak your chunks. My UDS has gone over 17 hours on one firebasket load.
As to reusing the wood: It's a choice. It's easier for me to put fresh wood in each time (also because I will switch woods from time to time and don't want a mix).