Even though I am also new to smoking I have a smoker box in my grill and I soak the wood for that because it allows the wood to smolder for a longer period of time and the grill cannot contain the smoke like a 1400 does. (From what I've read). Having dry wood in the 1400 is all you'll need to do because it retains most of the smoke and doesn't need the water for smoldering.
It's just my thoughts.
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