Chunks At Home Depot

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by mr500, May 24, 2010.

  1. mr500

    mr500 Meat Mopper

    I went to the depot sat. night and I seen large bags of chunks. (hickory and mosquite) Look to be around 10#. Is this something they started carrying OR has it always been stocked with the summer seasons? Ive never seen bags that large at the depot. Anyone used any? IM going to buy one this wkend for the heavy smokin that will be taking place.
  2. roltyde

    roltyde Fire Starter

    Our Home Depot always has hickory chunks and hickory and mesquite chips. That's the assortment most stores here in E. Tenn carry. I have to order any kind of fruit wood since none of the stores (at least the ones I know about) around here sell anything except hickory and mesquite.
  3. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    The Lowes/HD near me mostly carries chips. But fruitwood chips are available at both - but aren't very good quality.

    LOTS of dirt/ash and a good portion of teeny tiny chips. I have since moved onto chunks.

    I can get Chigger Creek woods' (excellent quality) locally for $2.10/lb (Apple, Alder, Cherry, Pecan, and all the hardwoods)
  4. mr500

    mr500 Meat Mopper

    I was in a hurry so I did not get a price. I shall return and snatch up a bag of each!!
  5. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Since reading this from Naked Whiz, I have looked a little harder at the quality of the wood I am buying. I'm not one for spending the kind of prices for some of the wood he tested ($3+/lb). If I can find quality wood at $2/lb and under, I try and get some.

    Since learning of the "spalting" I immediately went to check my bag of Hickory, only to notice quite a few pieces in about a 10lb bag had it.

    Here's the link -

    See if you can peek inside the bag and visually see some of the pieces. If I can't see it, I don't buy it - no questions.
  6. nickelmore

    nickelmore Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the education. I try to sort through some of the chips that I burn as well,

    I will have to go look at the brand of chunks that I bought last.

    This is something for everyone to read. Maybe on the new forum, we could put it in the food safety section.
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Our Lowes and Home Depot always carry chunks and chips of hickory and mesquite and applewood chips.
  8. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The last chunks I bought were from Lowes, nice and clean with none of the nastiness cited on the

    nakedwhiz site.
  9. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    No problem. :)

    I am not sure the chips suffer from this problem, since they are just tiny pieces of wood. Although if the wood had this prior to cutting/splitting/chunking then I would assume the chips would have it too. 

    The problem with buying chips, is at least around here, you get a good portion of ash/dirt/sawdust etc. Not exactly ideal. Furthermore, I found using chunks (depending on size) I may only need one or two chunks per hour, whereas I found chips to burn up a little quicker. Totally up to you. 

    I can post a few pictures of the Chigger Creek wood, although its pretty much the same as the pictures on Nakedwhiz. It really is worth the price, IMO for "nicer" woods.. 
    nickelmore likes this.

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