Reducing chip size

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by haywire haywood, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    Anyone have a diy way of reducing size of, or grinding smoking chips so that they will burn in an AMNPS?  I just bought one and have a bunch of chips left from my old setup.  It would be nice to be able to use them.

    thanks,

    Ian
     
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a homemade tube smoker similar to the amazin' one and it burns chips just fine. Just make sure they're put in without any large gaps. Somebody on here posted about using the chips and I tried it out.
     
  3. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    By the way, I can tell you from experience a food processor isn't a good way to grind chips.
     
  4. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    LOL... I actually almost did that, but the risk of large amounts of trouble from the owner of said device wasn't worth the risk. :)
     
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Can't you use them in your grill in foil packets for a little smoke flavor? I do this when on rare occasions I actually use my propane grill anymore.
     
  6. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    I'm not using them in conjunction with any grill.  This is for cold smoke.  I'd like them to support their own combustion like the pellets. I may try it and see how it does.  Pre-dry them crispy like in the toaster oven like some do the pellets.

    Ian
     
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Well, I am interested to see if it works. Keep us posted. I use them in the little chief only. They work great for that.
     
  8. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    Hmmm... it looks like it may work.  I put them in the toaster oven at 180 for 15 minutes, packed them fairly tightly and started them about 5 minutes ago.  Looks good so far.  Next time I'll hold it against my vibrating brass tumbler to settle the chips tighter.  This is in the open out on the deck with plenty of air.  It may act differently inside the smoker with limited fresh air available.
     
  9. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    double post
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
  10. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    It jumped up to flames and I couldn't get it to stay smoldering without water.  Leave out the toaster oven thing and a bit less oxygen inside the smoker might be good.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
  11. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    It's just now burning down to the last of the one row I filled, so about 75 minutes per row.   I think a couple inches of dry stuff to burn and get a little bed of coals going, then the rest good and damp should do the trick.
     
  12. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    you had me at FIRE! [​IMG]
     
  13. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    Arithmetic explained:  Large chips + cable cutters + scotch = small chips  [​IMG]

     
  14. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    what is the saying about the mother of invention? You may be on to something....
     
  15. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Wouldn't have the patience for this...
     
  16. haywire haywood

    haywire haywood Smoke Blower

    Me neither... but I don't watch TV, so it was an experiment.  I was on the verge of blisters by the time I got half a quart bag done.  Those cable cutters aren't the most ergonomic in the world.  Need some compound action cutters with softer grips.
     
  17. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Can't imagine using cable cutters....with all the goofy nerve problems I have in my forearms I would be in tears....
     
  18. a g k

    a g k Fire Starter

    Maybe the arithmetic should have listed scotch before wood chips & cable cutters.

    A G L|K
     
  19. fratthewcraig

    fratthewcraig Fire Starter

    has anyone had any success with a blender or anything like that?
     
  20. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I would not use the wife's blender for this. lol
     

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