Can you soak wood chips too long?

Posted at 1:41 pm on 12/24/2019
‚ÄčNo.  Wood will only absorb so much moisture before it is saturated.  But, the real question is, "Why do you want to soak your wood chips at all?"  It is the smoke of the wood not the steam that flavors your entree.  When you first begin smoking or grilling using wet wood chips, the first ten minutes is just faux smoke (steam).  It is only when the wood chips dry out do they actually char and burn giving off the real smoke flavor that you are looking for.  If you want a longer smoke, add more chips or find a cold climate substitute for the species of wood that you are using.

 It seems to be common knowledge that wood from the colder climates have more density than those grown in year-round warm weather.

A quick study of wood moisture contents and weight https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/weigt-wood-d_821.html
shows that northern woods have a higher density (4%-28%) than their southern counterparts.

The bottom line to all of this is simple:  The greater the density of wood, the more smoke, and the more smoke the more flavor!  All of the wood from Flame Grilling Products is native to Maine or New England. 

Flame Grilling Products is a three generation family business operating out of the expanded family farmstead in Brooks, Maine.

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