Using wood chips, or wood chunks, is a great way to add delicious smoky flavor to your food, and either will provide great results.
The big difference is that chips burn more quickly than chunks.
If you plan to add just a handful or two of chips for a light smoke over 20 minutes or so, then the burn rate is not a real issue.
If you want to smoke your food for an hour or more, it might be best to use chunks. Depending on their size and the amount of air getting to the fire, they can burn that long, or possibly even longer.
It's usually a good idea to soak chips (not chunks) in water for at least 30 minutes before adding them to the fire to help keep them from going up in flames. Just be sure to drain the wood of water first so you don’t extinguish the fire.
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Click here to find our recommendations on which wood to pair with which type of food.
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