Well, I USED to be a stick burner till I got old and lazy, so I can help. But yes, the wood you use for fuel is both your heat source AND your source of smokey flavor. You could combine woods just like you would using wood chunks with charcoal, like half hickory for a stronger smokey flavor and half fruit wood for a lighter flavor. I typically would just use a fruit wood, mainly wild cherry cause it grows locally here. I see you're in Tennesee, so hickory will be plentiful, plus I'm sure you can get some wild cherry here and there.
It helps to preheat your wood, so if your offset has a flat firebox top, just lay your wood on top and let it heat there.
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