Tips for correct use of wood chips for smoking

You may have noticed the increased popularity of smoking with wood chips. The flavor that it adds to meat and other food is fantastic, and this post will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the proper wood chips and how to cook with them correctly.

What kind of wood chip to choose?

First up, let’s talk about what kind of wood chip is best for smoking. Generally speaking, hickory or oak are the best choices for adding a nice smoky flavor to your meat. Just be sure to buy chips that are 100% pure or have nothing but the wood smoked.

As for choosing the right ones, it depends on the size of your smoker. If you have a smaller one, such as a brine pit smoker, you can use any chips you like as long as they are thick enough to fit your smoker’s hopper and hold their shape when cooked. If you have a giant smoker like an offset smoker or even a whole host of other types of smokers that aren’t too dissimilar in size (e.g., electric and propane smokers), you likely need to get thin chips rather than thick.

It’s also worth noting that you can easily use chips to smoke ribs and other types of food, such as salmon.

The amount of wood chip you need

As for the number of wood chips you should use, this will likely depend on the size of your smoker and the type of wood you are using. For example, if you’re using large chips, you may need up to 2 lbs for your smoker. However, if you use more minor chips and smoke foods like salmon or ribs, 4 oz should be enough. The only way to know for sure is to experiment with different amounts and see what happens.

The best wood chip to use

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about the best wood chip. First, you want to choose a cleanly cut wood with slight grain. You’ll get less gunk and debris in your smoke chamber. Many kinds of wood are excellent for smoking, such as hickory (the most popular), mesquite, oak, or applewood. However, these are all very similar in taste and flavor, so personal preference. Some people swear by using applewood chips, while others prefer hickory or other wood chips like pecan or hickory. The only way to know for sure is to give various wood chips a try and see which one you prefer.

There are also different ways that you can use wood chips. For example, you can use them in a smoker that has an attachable hopper (like the Primo 624 smokers) or ones that have a stand-alone hopper like the Big Chief Smoker. If it has an attachable hopper, place the chips within it, light them up and simply wait for your meat to slowly roast at low temperatures. However, if your smoker doesn’t have a hopper, you’ll need to do things differently.

You will need first to use some heat source to start up your wood chips. This can be a heat source like a propane gas or electric smoker or simply a scorching grill with the cover closed. Once your chips have reached the desired temperature (depending on what you’re smoking), open up your smoker and pour the chips into it. Then close the door and wait as they smoke. Once they are finished, simply use tongs to remove them from your smoker.

The best way to enjoy your smoke

You can also smoke these items by placing them directly over the heat source while it’s heating up or by placing them in an insulated container that has been heated through cooking foods before. If you choose to do this, simply remove them before serving so that they don’t burn and become dry. You can healthily enjoy your food and still get that fantastic smoky flavor.


I hope this post has helped you learn more about wood chips and how to use them appropriately. It’s a great way to create smoke specially made for smoking food, and it adds a beautiful flavor to both types of meat and other types of foods. Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy this fantastic food with the added flavor that they provide by giving them a try in your smoker.

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