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Topic: Secret of keeping wood from bursting into flames . . . . From: Steve,
Subject: Re: A Smoking question...
I'm using coals to start my soaked hickory chunks. The thing smoulders for quite a while, but eventually, it bursts into flame. What's the secret of keeping it from bursting into flame?
Wood bursts into flame when it dries out and reaches its combustion temp. in an atmosphere which contains enough oxygen to support combustion. Shut off the air, reduce the temp. or jerk it out and resoak it.
I prefer to burn the wood down to embers, then put on the meat. All the flavor and no hassle.
Green wood smolders better than soaked dry wood (unless you soak the wood for a week or so.)