Would shaveings from a ground up stump be any good??

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by jeff 1, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    My dad had an old pecan tree cut down and stump ground up leaving a big pile of shaveings from the stump.  They have a little dirt mixed in but I can put it in water and let the dirt sink to bottom and scoop out the shaveings.  Would this be good to smoke with put in my chip pan or anything?  How long should I let it season before I use it?
  2. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    I would use them only if you know that when they were ground that there was no oil dripping onto them from the chipper. Give them a good inspection to see any oil. Plus i guess when you put them in the wter to clean the soil from them look for a oil film ontop of the water. If you do find oil,don't use them. If you dont see or smell any oil your probably ok. If it was a fresh cut tree you are going to have to season the chips for afew months so i would dry the chips and then put them in a mesh bag or something that has good airflow and then hang them up off the floor somewhere dry. Good luck!
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oil will make your food taste and smell!!

    I got 100# of Hickory chainsaw chips from a guy to try out.  They smelled terrible!!  He got them from his firewood processor and they did not use vegetable oil.  I threw out the whole lot!

    Don't store them in a plastic bag or they'll mold and rot.  Spread them out on a tarp to air dry and then store them in a feedbag or onion bags.

    Give then a try!

  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    The oil was the first thing I asked about and dad said it didnt appear the machine they used to grind the stump used any oil and I dont smell any,  but in any case I will be able to tell as soon as I start to clean them with water.   I will store them in charcoal sacks since I always have those on hand
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Free Wood!


  7. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I cant wait to get to use some of the lumber from the tree next year,  maybe by then I will have a log burner

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