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Making your own smoker chips from lumber?

VitamanVitaman Posts: 46
edited June 2012 in EggHead Forum

Hi all-Thanks for all the information on this forum.  I've been lurking for months and my new BGE is set to arrive this Friday.  I've found the answers to many of my questions by searching this forum, but here's one I can't seem to find.

Can I make my own smoker chips from lumber I purchase at Woodcraft (I think they call it rough stock)?  The lumber I get is about one inch thick by 6 inches wide by 5 feet long.  Can I just chop off some pieces with my miter saw and throw it in with my lump?  If I can, what sizes do you recommend?

I do a little woodworking with my kids and have some cherry, hickory and oak in my garage, plus I go there pretty often so it would be easy to replenish.  It's just plain wood (no stain or finish on it)  The guy who owns the shop said people do it all the time but I wanted to check with you all first.





  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,940
    Yup, sure.

    Avoid wood with resins, such as pine, cedar, etc. I've also found that lighter softwoods, such as box elder, basswood, yellow poplar produce smoke that is not very pleasant.

    In general, harder hardwoods produce a spicier flavor, softer, such as apple or cherry, a more fruity taste.
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,940
    Oh, yeah, and I'd also avoid bits of exotic hardwoods. Lots of those produce dust that can irritate the skin, so I would hesitate to bathe my food in their smoke.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    I have a source for maple from a furniture manufacture.  I just cut them into 1" -2" strips and then chop into small squares with a small axe.
  • VitamanVitaman Posts: 46

    Thanks all-Your help is greatly appreciated!


  • Bear 007Bear 007 Posts: 343
    edited June 2012
    I've got two garbage cans full of oak scraps downstairs, just make sure there's nothing on them.
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