8 Easy Tips to Smoking Meat Like a Pro - The first step to bringing out the robust flavor of ribs, brisket and other meats is selecting the best meat smoker and deciding which fuel option — charcoal, electric or gas – works best for you. Smokers are fueled by propane gas, electricity or traditional charcoal briquettes. The fuel in turn heats wood that generates smoke. http://www.odumagazine.com/8-easy-tips-to-smoking-meat-like-a-pro/
*Heat Content - measures the embodied energy. Higher is better. *Sparks Produced - self-explanatory. "Few" indicates low pitch content. *Heavy Smoke - measures the thickness of smoke upon heating. "No" is best. *Coaling Quality - measures propensity to form durable coals. We want "Excellent."