View Full Version : chunk size vs smoke quality

el luchador
03-10-2018, 12:21 AM
has anyone tested this to see if the size of the chunks affects smoke quality on a charcoal cooker?

ie if you use two huge chunks vs say 8 smaller chunks but exact same amount of wood - what difference does it make

03-10-2018, 12:30 AM
smaller chunks=better combustion = cleaner smoke

One Drop
03-10-2018, 03:42 AM
I use smaller chunks on a kettle with a Smoke'nSear than I do in my WSM, just find it delivers even light smoke more easily. If the chunks are too large I find I have to ten them to fully burn evenly.

A bit smaller than fist sized chunks works best for me on the bullet. I leave the bark, it helps with the smoke ring and has not given me bitter flavours.

03-10-2018, 08:01 AM
Depends on airflow. I use smaller chunks in my insulated cabinet than my Jimmy or 1/4" vertical. With more air I can use bigger chunks. I don't want anything to smolder too much.

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el luchador
03-10-2018, 08:10 AM
thanks guys, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't imagining things.

I have a bunch of mesquite on hand but I don't like mesquite-its too strong- so I decided to use just a little to see if I would like it so I cut some small chips on my miter saw, about a quarter inch thick each. I also cut some pecan chips about the same size and threw some cherry chunks in there.

what I found was a thick smoke aroma but very little smoke flavor on the meat.

This is something I think should be talked about more for attaining the best smoke flavor from charcoal burners

el luchador
03-10-2018, 08:13 AM
I guess now it makes sense why pellet cookers are considered to have very little smoke flavor.