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Making your own wood chunks

GA_DawgsGA_Dawgs Posts: 273
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
First time poster, long time reader. This site has been a great source of knowledge since I got my egg about a month ago, thank you all!

I wanted to see if anyone has any experience making their own wood chunks. I recently had some maples taken down in my yard and I kept some wood and was also able to get some apple wood from my in-laws apple tree that fell during a recent storm.

My thought process is that I can cut some 4 inch thick disks from the branches and let them cure or use them slightly green. Does anyone have any advice or experience doing this? Sorry if this topic has already been broached, I did a search and didn't find anything. Thanks!


  • centex99centex99 Posts: 231
    Cut them into whatever size chunks you want, and keep them dry for 6mo-1yr...(unless the trees were dead for a while, then they may be good sooner)... I'd use a bandsaw if you have one, but any means of cutting them should work...
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995

     I have friends give me apple and pecan branches all the time. I usually do exactly what you are describing. I cut them into puck size with a jig saw and throw them into a five gallon bucket in my garage. Another guy gets me these square hickory sticks from a friend of his that owns a cabinet shop. I buy about one bag of cherry chips a year. The rest is given to me. Pretty lucky I guess.

  • brentseebrentsee Posts: 99

    +1 I go to Wal Mart or a gas station and usually buy a bundle of Maple or Birch, cut it into chunks and use it that way. I like lots of smoke so this works best for me.  A little bag of wood chips doesn't last me very long.


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    you can use them right away if you want. no need to season them. many prefer green wood for smoking.
    you may find out you prefer them one way or the other (green or seasoned), but there's no reason to follow someone else's rule
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    Doesn't Myron on BBQ Pitmaster only use Green peach wood?



    Cookin in Texas
  • James MBJames MB Posts: 356

    When I cut firewood (Oak) I usually take a few smaller bits and save them for smoke wood - splitting them green is easiest.

    If I haven't any when I light my egg I grab a saw and cut some green.

    If I can't be bothered I just chuck a bit of branch in (I think I might have smoked my last trout fillet with Rhododendron as the bark had been removed from the branch in the woodpile!).

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    even bark can be good.  i'd never waste time debarking, personally.  i haven't ever actually bothered with hickory WOOD itself, because i simply use the fallen hickory (shag) bark.  sweetest smoke of any i have tried so far.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • GA_DawgsGA_Dawgs Posts: 273

    Thanks for the replies.  Looks like I should try some green since I have the opportunity.

  • teddygteddyg Posts: 4
    Would 1 year old dry oak bark work OK? I have been using them for fire stove starters.  
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i have thrown chunks of oak bark in.  give it a shot.
    if it smells good, it'll taste good. 
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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