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Fatwood Sticks __Any Pros or Cons ??

EggSportEggSport Posts: 33
edited 6:37PM in EggHead Forum
I have followed many posts for sometime re. lighting lump in the BGE and have accepted MAPP torch as a fast and easy approach ... EXCEPT that I find it requires less fuel and more consistent lights if I add a chunk of my smoking wood (either pecan or cherry). Today I saw big packs (5lbs) of fatwood sticks at Walmart for just under $9. they look like an ideal size, maybe even cut in half, or thirds for multi-point lighting.
Packaging suggest fireplaces and woodstoves and campfires ... BUT no mention anywhere about cooking fires. Any concerns out there about using these to light fires in BGE regularly?? They emphasize natural, high sap content wood from stumps, etc. Please comment if you have any experience or knowledge of issues (+/-) with these for this BGE use.[p]Regards,
Tom B


  • BigTBigT Posts: 385
    I would'nt recommend fatwood at all- very resinous and would give that lovely creosote tinge to the egg, the grid, maybe even the food.
    just my $.02
  • NO! I tried some once. When they burn they give off a black nasty smoke. If they don't get enough air to burn cleanly and completely, you will have a nasty pine smell in your cooker for a while. There are all sorts of better options (weber cubes, fireplace starters (sawdust/parafin), fireplace starters (the silver packets with stuff that looks like a weber cube) for that kind of lighting.
    The Naked Whiz
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    exactly. when i first got the egg, i tried some that i got for christmas (for the fireplace). they are pretty big, taking a LONG time to burn off, even if cut in half.

    the resin is pretty pungent. any unburnt wood in there when you toss on your food would give it a nice Pine-Sol flavor.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • HammerHammer Posts: 1,001
    I wouldn't suggest using them for all the reasons already mentioned. I use them exactly what they were intended for.
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    I'm thinkin' you'd be better off lighting your egg with old motor oil.Haha. There's so much sap in the wood that it would leave a stench in your egg and it would take forever to burn off to a point where you could cook. a resounding "NOOOOO" !
  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    Hey guy.Still trying to wake up Max with that carrot?Please do not make this a "R" rated site.Getting ready to prep a stuffed pork lion with spinach,baby bellas,mozzarella,roasted garlic and Raging all over inside and out while I am watching the snow melt.Have a great day.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    'R' rated?

    it's just a clip from one of my favorite cooking shows. that episode still airs on the food channel, in repeats.

    takes a rotten mind to find something rotten!
    heh heh heh
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • EggSport,[p]Lots of answers here. If you are already aware of this then my apologies.
    [ul][li]New Forum[/ul]
  • Mike in Abita,[p] Thanks for the note. I registered for the 'old' new Forum long ago and it never went anywhere so I gave up. I am moving over now. Thanks for the Thread reference![p]Tom B (EggSport)

  • :laugh: I almost forgot the 'torching' I got when I asked (a year ago) about pine pellets for my other smoker!! :blush: The fact that these have not been promoted in the past should have made me wary. Thanks for the prompt warnings and comments. I may just go with the BGE lighters along with the MAPP.

    Tom B (EggSport)
  • Mapp works for me.


    Ohh.... Welcome to the otherside.
  • AvocadosAvocados Posts: 465
    Fatwood is fine for the fireplace or a camp fire but stick with the MAPP gas torch for your egg.

    Fatwood has smokey (oily) flavors you do not want in your food!
  • Tried it once and not again
  • :S Got it! Noooooooooo fatsticks in the BGE !!! :silly:
  • SigmoreSigmore Posts: 621
    Not even one!!
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    Try my new toy. Harbour has the for under $30. Wife & dog run for cover when I grab it but get's the egg to temp in min.

  • mitchmitch Posts: 25
    Nasty things. Stink and smoke like smudge pots.

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