Where to get good flavored wood for a smoke?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by johnnie2130, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I'm doing my first smoke soon on my new smoker. I got the DP Model 50. I've never built a fire to cook with before. Should I order the hickory, apple, mesquite wood from an online site? I don't think I'll find much locally besides oak. What do you guys do to get the flavored wood?
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I'll use oak for heat and add small splits of other wood for smoke. I'm not sure about a source for woods in your area but if I had a new smoker and wanted to smoke right away I'd use oak for heat and get chunks from Lowe's or Walmart to be able to add different flavors until I found a source for other woods. I'm sure someone will be around with better advice.
     
  3. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    You answered many of my questions. At least now I know where to start. Thanks.
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Heck hit one of those places in the morning and be making smoke by the afternoon I'm sure you can't wait. Just look for chunks and not chips
     
  5. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I think I have some hickory or apple chunks here. I need to find some split oak. You're right - I'm ready to get started.
     
  6. pops6927

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

    usually Walmart carries bags of 'grillin' wood' in their charcoal section - oak, mesquite, pecan, etc. I've used it and it burns good, plus a lot cheaper than online, only something like 4.79 a bag. I paid $10 a bag for essentially the same thing at Cabela's and had to drive 45 min. for it. I got a Walmart 2 blocks down the street.
     
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    First of all, how about a pic of your pit.

    Thats a pretty expensive smoker for never having built a fire. [​IMG]

    You need to contact a tree cutting service for some wood, you'll spend a fortune buying enough wood on-line to fed that baby!

    Your looking for logs, not chunks, unless you want to burn about 4 bags of chunks......just to get it warmed up!
     
  8. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    Is the 'grillin' wood you refer to different from the chunks? Anybody know?
     
  9. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Same thing , small fist sized and smaller chunks for us small cooker users, You should get some flavor from them , but try local farmers markets and see who has fruits and or nuts and ask about wood. and a tree service to feed heat into that rig is a great idea.
     
  10. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Check every place you can think of for wood sources. Try craigslist as well I sometimes see woods listed there. Buying bagged or small bundles would get expensive fast. Just for a way to fire up my new smoker I'd try to find some local oak splits and buy a big bag of chunks like we talked about. I remembered I piled some oak under a tarp for my Dad to have fires in his outdoor fire pit and as soon as the rain stops I'm planning a raid on it.
     

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