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Unread 01-06-2013, 10:56 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by columbia1 View Post
I have been smoking on the chief's for 30 years, sometimes that awefull smell comes from would that is TOO dry, I normally soak my chips for 4-6 hours before using them, it will mellow out the smoke.
Some of the wood chips are dried more than they should be because they are packaged in plastic bags, this is to avoid mold growing while it is in storage. (Some wood dealers will sell you wood chips packaged in paper sacks). Anyways, when using brands packaged in plastic.... try soaking them 3 or 4 days early. I don't mean soaking for 3 or 4 days, I'm saying if you are going to be smoking on Saturday.... just wet the chips on Wednesday for several hours, then drain the water off. This will re-hydrate them to some degree and by Saturday they will have appeared to have dried, but in fact they will have retained some moisture. This way you are not using totally wet chips for smoking.

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