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Cedar plank

shannonlcorumshannonlcorum Posts: 200
edited February 2014 in Seafood

Are these like 1 time use boards? I used one last night and it got pretty charred on the bottom. I soaked it for a long time (1+ hours) beforehand, but it's pretty burned. I've never used one before and so I wasn't sure what their life expectancy was.

ShannyShooShoo 
Owner of 1 Mini BGE and 1 Wood-fired Brick Oven.
Mother of 4 boys, 1 obese feline, 1 mean-assed chow, 1 rowdy bulldog, and 6 completely spoiled sugar gliders

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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 3,101
    I only use them one time, but I have the luxury of having received a bunch as gifts that are sitting on my shelves.  I know some people here re-use them multiple (3 or 4) times.  I think that they assess it after each use and make a call on whether or not they want to clean and re-use - or just toss it. 

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,167
    edited February 2014
    I seldom reuse ... more concerned about the side that was in contact with food, the charred side doesn't bother me.

    Instead of fancy schmancy shrink wrapped individual planks, I buy untreated cedar fence boards from big orange/blue and cut them as needed to fit he salmon piece(s).  Some folks even buy bundle of cedar shingles!
    canuckland
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,176
    Indirect and I'll reuse. Direct. . Toss.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • I'll get three or four cooks per plank before they're too charred.  I don't toss them either.  I'll cut them up and use them like wood chips.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,167
    henapple said:
    Indirect and I'll reuse. Direct. . Toss.
    Interesting thought.  Dumb question: After using it direct, can I reuse it in indirect mode, assuming the concern is the charred underside may ignite more spontaneously if used in direct again?
    canuckland
  • Great responses. I used mine on a mini so it was pretty close to the heat. Probably why it charred so bad. I'll have to look in to some other cedar sources. $5 for two planks can get pricey if you use them alot. Or I may forgo them all together. Just thought I'd try one out with salmon. Not too bad. A little dry. Probably my fault for over cooking.

    Thanks!

    ShannyShooShoo 
    Owner of 1 Mini BGE and 1 Wood-fired Brick Oven.
    Mother of 4 boys, 1 obese feline, 1 mean-assed chow, 1 rowdy bulldog, and 6 completely spoiled sugar gliders
  • Wow! Didn't know they made such a thing. The double is actually cheaper than the single. I didn't see any review yet. I'm curious to see how well they work.
    ShannyShooShoo 
    Owner of 1 Mini BGE and 1 Wood-fired Brick Oven.
    Mother of 4 boys, 1 obese feline, 1 mean-assed chow, 1 rowdy bulldog, and 6 completely spoiled sugar gliders
  • gpsegggpsegg Posts: 377
    We order cedar planks from outdoorgourmet.com . Often have bulk sales at really good prices for seconds. Now, can get large ones for 30 for $35.00 or about 60% off retail. Free shipping. Have all different sizes. We use them a lot for salmon and meatloaf. Give it a look.
    George
    Palm Beach Gardens, Fl and Blue Ridge, Ga.
  • gpsegg said:
    We order cedar planks from outdoorgourmet.com . Often have bulk sales at really good prices for seconds. Now, can get large ones for 30 for $35.00 or about 60% off retail. Free shipping. Have all different sizes. We use them a lot for salmon and meatloaf. Give it a look.
     
    Thanks for the tip.  I see they have alder planks also.  I prefer them to cedar and the prices can't be beat.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,176


    henapple said:

    Indirect and I'll reuse. Direct. . Toss.

    Interesting thought.  Dumb question: After using it direct, can I reuse it in indirect mode, assuming the concern is the charred underside may ignite more spontaneously if used in direct again?

    Idk. Wonder if the soaked char would add a bad taste.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,031
    I bought a case of 100 late last year from someone on the forum for a buck each.  They are 5 3/8 wide by 15 long and almost 3/8 thick.  I use once and toss. 

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 470
    I use them several times and I cook direct.  Haven't noticed any issues with re-use.
    Southern California
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 947
    I use the cedar planks many times.  The secret is to start soaking them after lunch for a dinner cook. Then be sure to sure a raised grid at least as high as the felt gasket line or above.  I heat the top part for 3 minutes to get it warmed up and then flip the charred side down and put my salmon on top of it.  I have to soak the board afterwards and scrape it clean (a bit of a hassle) but it sure does add a real nice Cedar aroma to the fish.    
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 7,871
    The first time I did them they were so charred I didn't bother keeping them.  I think usually they don't recommend using dishwashing detergent on the planks, so you are supposed to heat them in the egg (oven) to sterilize them before putting food on them.  


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,176
    @dlk7. ..where you been?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,031
    @henapple ..Found out my position is being eliminated.  Thinking through what to do next. 

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • gpsegg said:
    We order cedar planks from outdoorgourmet.com . Often have bulk sales at really good prices for seconds. Now, can get large ones for 30 for $35.00 or about 60% off retail. Free shipping. Have all different sizes. We use them a lot for salmon and meatloaf. Give it a look.
    Hey guys,  Thanks for the Outdoor Gourmet shout out. Just so others know. We create grilling planks to sell to retail stores, but in the process some don't turn out nice enough to re-sell, so we sell those as seconds on our website. Depending on how many we have in inventory, we may have some screaming deals. If you are just looking to burn them up and care more about delicious flavor than pretty looks, these are a great deal.
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,741


    gpsegg said:

    We order cedar planks from outdoorgourmet.com . Often have bulk sales at really good prices for seconds. Now, can get large ones for 30 for $35.00 or about 60% off retail. Free shipping. Have all different sizes. We use them a lot for salmon and meatloaf. Give it a look.

    Hey guys,  Thanks for the Outdoor Gourmet shout out. Just so others know. We create grilling planks to sell to retail stores, but in the process some don't turn out nice enough to re-sell, so we sell those as seconds on our website. Depending on how many we have in inventory, we may have some screaming deals. If you are just looking to burn them up and care more about delicious flavor than pretty looks, these are a great deal.


    I just bought 15 cedar and 15 alder plank seconds for a total of $30. They are a little small but good quality and a good price. I will be back for more. Thanks.
    XL,L,S 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • I just bought 15 cedar and 15 alder plank seconds for a total of $30. They are a little small but good quality and a good price. I will be back for more. Thanks.
    Glad you like them. Those are 6x8's. The 5.5x11.75 are a little bigger and are our most popular size. We currently sell 30 of those for $38 bucks, but the best deal right now is our really big size 7x15 because we just finished a big order for a major retailer and have lots of seconds. You buy 20 of those and get five free. They are great for the largest salmon filets like a King Salmon.
  • ZmokinZmokin Posts: 1,809
    for those who re-use their cedar planks, how do you clean them for storage?

    I can't imagine washing porous wood with soap, because then I would expect the next use to transfer a soapy taste to the food, and I can't see not washing them (unless maybe freezing them).
    Large BGE in a Sole' Gourmet Table
    Using the Black Cast Iron grill, Plate Setter,
     and a BBQ Guru temp controller.

    Location: somewhere West of the Mason-Dixon Line
  • @Zmokin, Yes, I wouldn't recommend using soap. I would also recommend cooking the same food the second time. With that said, I like to keep the mess outside. I have the hose with my nozzle right near the grill. I just spray the plank off, and use my grill brush to get some of the more stubborn pieces off. Then, You might want to soak it for a little while again, then wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer. It will be ready to go the next time you want to use it. I have found that I don't get as much flavor the second time around, but then I get mine smoking pretty good the first time.
  • @1310monster While Western Red Cedar has a delicious flavor, when you are cooking low and slow, cedar tends to burn too quickly. That makes it great for grilling. Hardwoods are generally recommended for smoking.
  • outdoorgourmetoutdoorgourmet Posts: 5
    edited March 2014
    @canugghead good call on making sure they are untreated. You may want to make sure they have not been sprayed with any anti-fungal to keep them looking nice in the store. We use food grade lubricants in all our equipment and treat these as food grade products. I am not sure how cedar fence boards get treated in the manufacturing process. They might be okay.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,885
    You can't use cedar for smoking can you? Nor pine...didn't think so. Wrong species of tree.
    You can use cedar, I wouldn't use pine because of the turpentine factor.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Big RaguBig Ragu Posts: 146
    Save your money guys. Go to your local lumberyard and buy untreated cedar shims. I bought a bundle for under 10$ and prob contains 50 planks. Only catch is they are shims so they have are not same thickness all the way accross. Cook just the same as store bought. One time use only.
  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    Agree with @Big Ragu‌ I go down to my local lumber yard and buy planks of cedar, it's a tad thicker but way cheaper. All I do is get out my miter saw and cut them up and stack in my car hold.

    Learned my lesson on this when the wife went to the store and paid $11.0 for three planks.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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