Wood Sausage Sticks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cruiser rod, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    When I bought my MES (used), 3 wood dowels for smoking sausage came with it. I'm guessing the sticks are maybe hickory. I went to Home Depot and bought the same size dowel and that turned out to be a mistake. The dowels bent while in the smoker and fell. It wasn't pretty. Where can I get wood dowels for smoking?
  2. Dowels come in many sizes all the way up to 1 inch. I just cut my own on a table saw. 3/4 inch and 2 feet long will support several pounds.
  3. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    The dowels I bought where the same size but bent in the smoker. I'm guessing they are made from a different wood.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The dowels that are sold in the big box stores usually aren't made from a hardwood. You need to look for something like oak. You may need to order online unless you have a good hardwood supplier in your area.
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just buy a larger diameter dowel. The box stores around here they have poplar and oak. I use 3/4" in my MES with no issues.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  7. You can find Hardwood dowels around here but you have to look, most are pine or other soft woods

  8. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    I'll get some larger size dowels and I have to look for oak. The dowels I'm using are so smoked colored it's hard to tell what kind of wood they are made from.

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