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Should Wood Added to Charcoal be pre-heated?

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Posted by Jonah on July 10, 2013 at 09:32:30:

Hi All,
I was wondering if any of the BBQ veterans out there could take a minute to share their wisdom.

When I barbecue, I like to use the best lump charcoal I can find. After I get the fire to settle and keep a consistent temperature (usually 30-50 mins) I like to add three fist size pieces of hardwood. After adding the wood it usually takes 30-50 mins for the smoke to stop billowing white smoke and settle into wisps of blue smoke.

My Barbecue is usually VERY good and I've won a few bbq events doing this. However, I have a problem when I have big meats cooking and I want to add ribs or chicken (after 3-4 hours). At this point I'd like to add some new wood to create some smoke for the ribs but I don't want the billowing white smoke which will harm my big meats. ( I know foiling is a solution). Here's my question:

Will pre-heating the wood before putting it on the coals reduce the billowing white smoke and get me to the clear/blue smoke sooner?

Thanks in advance!

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