Should I soak wood chunks before smoking?

Chef's answer
In truth, soaking your wood chips and chunks isn't necessary and here's why. Wood chips and chunks that have been soaked have to get rid of any moisture before they can produce smoke. ... There is not enough moisture to produce significant steam or smoke, however, it will produce delightful flavor on your food.
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