lumber "mill ends" - what about them?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by bman62526, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Sorry for the re-post, but this was technically in the wrong area before...I just noticed so I'm reposting here:

    I put an "items wanted" ad on Craigslist this morning and within a few hours I got a response. Now that I'm stick burning, I was hoping to find someone with good seasoned wood for sale.

    This guy has runs small saw mill about 30 miles from me, and he said he GIVES AWAY his mill ends. His email to me said that most of them are 2"-4" thick chunks 6'-10' long. Sounds perfect, doesn't it?!? He has oak, hickory, cherry, sugar maple and even mulberry.

    The reason for my post, is that while messing around on the internet, I stumbled upon a "wood burning basics" website...hosted by some guy with a chimney sweeping business, who said to never use mill ends in your wood stove because it is "tremendously corrosive to metal".

    Of course, I'm not getting these to heat a wood stove, but beings that my smoker is a close relative to the wood stove, should I be concerned? I mean, we all know that the mixture of ash and moisture is corrosive, which is why you have to clean out your firebox regularly, but should I have any additional concern about the particular "cut" of the wood I'm smoking with, as long as it's a seasoned hardwood? I wouldn't think so but you all are the experts :)

    Please share your thoughts. "Free" is my favorite 4 letter word, so I'd like to use this wood if possible!

    I can't figure why mill ends would be any more corrosive to burn than any other cut of the same type of wood? Maybe this guy is nuts...


  2. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I guess my first question to the guy giving away the wood is. Are they chemically treated in anyway? If the answer is no then I don't see what the problem is.

    Just my 2 cents.
  3. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    That is a good question, and the answer is no - he does not deal with treated lumber. A "local guy" as he put it, has been taking all of his hickory and has been smoking with it for years. Since I'm only 25 miles or so away, I'm still fairly local, so I'm going to check it out!
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    If the wood hasn't been sprayed with anything it should work. Sounds like you may have found a great source
  5. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Be willing ta bet it's green and just needs to be seasoned
  6. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    And maybe boxed up and shared with others here [​IMG]
  7. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I agree with it being green. The stove guy wouldn't burn it because of creosote build up. I think it probably just needs to be seasoned. WOW what a find!
  8. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    definitely unseasoned (runs a small saw mill.. it's cut off the log and fresh as a daisy and he just wants to get rid of it, it's like the outer slab wood, not good for much, will shrink like crazy and crack and warp and is PERFECT for burning!). Just stack it somewhere so it can get air to it and leave it for 6 mo. to a year, keep picking it up and rotating it through and you now have an endless supply of stick food for your smoker! If you try to burn it green you'll get way too much creosote built up inside your smoker and besides the metal reaction you'll get a bad creosote taste to everything you cook, but patience has it's virtue - like free wood in 2010! Great find! Now if ya wanna chop it in 2' lengths box it up and ship it I'd be more than glad to age it for ya... ....

    Pops §§
  9. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic


    Gene, he says its already seasoned. He said that he cut it last Spring and summer for last years winter heat, and just had too much. I guess as long as heating season is over here in Central IL, I'm good...damn sure better be done with winter heating bills!

    Of course, I thought the same thing about it maybe being green wood, since he has a saw mill in his back yard...that it would be "fresher" wood, if you will. However, in his words, he keeps "cooking wood and wood for heat, seperate from saw mill lumber" So - looks promising!

    Which brings me to Phils comment: I will share with anyone who wants to come on over once I get it [​IMG] They can take some home!

    (( Ribs seem to finish a lot quicker when there's someone here to drink with me. [​IMG] ))
  10. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The only reason they would be corrosive is ifin yer burnin it green. Otherwise, it's from the same tree.

    From the sounds of it, he got alota good smokin woods there. I'd get what ya can from him, wouldn't stock pile more en what ya can use in two years an rotate it out.

    Nice find!
  11. blzafour

    blzafour Smoke Blower

    It sounds like the same deal I got going. I get all my smokin' wood from a sawmill. After a little while out behind the shed to air dry for a bit, it is good to go to the smoker. Nice find![​IMG]

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