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    I may have missed something, but I can't seem to find how much wood to use when smoking in my 1400. I got the wood chunks that come with the unit but it does not indicate how big they are! I'm not sure if they are 2 oz, 4 oz, or what. When using wood chips, how do i measure 8 oz? I smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving and lightly "filled" the box with apple wood chips it was still smoking after 12 hours - and the turkey was very dark! I think I overdid it!

    thanks! (newbie in texas)

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    I don't weigh mine out, but usually a small "handful" is all I ever use. BTW, the wood chunks, or blocks, are just for seasoning the smoker, not for cooking food. Pick up a back of hickory, apply or other wood chips for smoking meat.
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    I agree with djousma.... with the wood, it is possible to overdo it.

    The great thing about your SmokinTex, the more you use it, the more seasoned it becomes. I can throw chicken or fish in my smoker and not add wood, still comes out great!

    Since you mentioned you are in Texas, look around your neighborhood or a nearby park. Likely you will find a pecan tree. My neighbors think I am the nicest guy in the world, always picking up their pecan branches when they fall. Leave the branches out on the porch to dry out, pecan is awesome for brisket.
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    I actually weigh on a postal scale. Barring that, chunks are tougher, because the density of the wood affects weight a lot. For chips, a snack ziplock bag with chips across the bottom evenly that I can just encircle with a thumb and index finger is about 2 to 2 1/4 oz for my hand.
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    I use 3 - 4 smaller chunks of wood. I think some of it depends on what meat you are cooking and how much smoke taste you want (personally). I cooked some chicken about a month ago, and used applewood/cherry mix, I used way to much wood for the chicken. It had to much of a smokey taste to is for what I personally was looking for. It's true a little goes a long way.

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    I would like to add a little to what Scott says.... when choosing chunks or the shredded chips, the smaller the pieces of wood, the more exposed surface for the wood = smoke faster and probably stops a bit sooner than the chunks.... just my .02.

    Quote Originally Posted by ssauer View Post
    I use 3 - 4 smaller chunks of wood. I think some of it depends on what meat you are cooking and how much smoke taste you want (personally). I cooked some chicken about a month ago, and used applewood/cherry mix, I used way to much wood for the chicken. It had to much of a smokey taste to is for what I personally was looking for. It's true a little goes a long way.
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