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A lot of pros tell me that you should actually put the wood under the smoldering coals and not on top. That way you can smoke at higher temps without the wood catching fire.

 

Anyone tried this in a kamado? I noticed that the fire is a lot smaller so maybe that won't work?

 

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It is a good idea so the smoke from the wood goes past hot coals helping to burn off the volitoles and give you a cleaner smoke. 

 

In practice (in a kamado) the fire is so small it probably doesn't make a difference for low-n-slow. Most high heat cooks aren't cooking long enough to absorb much smoke flavor. 

 

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Harry Soo recommends burying the wood under the lump in one of his kamado "basics" you tube videos. When I did this, I did get a cleaner taste  but less effect for the wood volume that I used. It does increase handling the unburned lump before cooking. 

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