Hi guys, I'm trying to smoke food and I was wondering if there's a difference in flavors when smoking without a direct flame (like over a stovetop) or with a flame (like blowtorching woodchips)? I know for woodchips it doesn't matter, but what about smoking using delicate things like hay, tea, or herbs? I'm mostly asking because I do have a "smoking gun", but it smokes by heating via a lighter. I'm scared of getting burnt, ashy taste on my food if I'm smoking using things like teas or herbs, and I know that when using tea, people typically don't get them smoking via a direct fire.
I just want to know that if I'm making a tea-smoked duck, my flavor will be similar if I'm using a smoking gun or the "stovetop with a cakerack" method.