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How to can i cut up small apple logs for soaking??

Always SmokinAlways Smokin Posts: 111
edited 3:26PM in EggHead Forum
I have a bunch of apple wood from a local farmer and it is very tough to chop and chunk it up into smaller pieces. I have been using wedges,drilling hammer,ax,hatchet. I cant seem to hold it in place very good to hit it clean without it being a lil dangerous. . plus this stuff is hard hard wood.
any ideas?
thanks

Comments

  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673
    Is it still green?
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,005
    I used my bandsaw to cut up some maple. I suppose, if you're careful, you could use a hand held circular saw, but watch out for kickback. Even a bow saw would be better than the tools you mentioned.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    I cut my apple logs in about 3" pieces,then split them with a hatchet.The shorter pieces seem to split pretty easy ;)I use a chop saw(miter saw) to cut them to length.I guess it all depends on how big your logs are :ohmy: :)
  • the wood is not green at all. the logs are from 3-5 inches
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,052
    you've received good advice - now lets get back to the rest of your question...why are you soaking the wood? There is no need to do that nor any benefit in doing so.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • i get lump ready and then put the chunked pieces on top of the lump. i thought i was supposed to soak the wood chunks for smoking??
  • InksmythInksmyth Posts: 308
    Use a bow saw to cut into 3" to 4" pieces. They will split easily with a hatchet.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,005
    Nope. No need to soak.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    I use a sawzall.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,052
    no - if you soak the wood then the heat first needs to dry the wood before it can start to smoke. With the BGE the amount of oxegen to fuel the fire is controlled so you don't need to soak. The only exception that I ever make to the no soak rule is when I know that my set up will be taking a while which may allow an already hot fire to become a blast furnace during set up. Then to bring the temp down I'll throw some soaked CHIPS on the hot coals.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
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