Originally Posted by dale5351
Question -- would wood that has been through a chipper be ok to use in a smoker? I've heard of problems with collecting sawdust from a chain saw that has oil on the blades. Are the chipper blades (or whatever) lubricated with oil?
A while back we had some tree work done, and afterwards I was kicking myself for not asking the guy for some of the apple wood he trimmed off of our crabapple tree. He ground it through his chipper, along with a lot of other stuff already in there.
The trick to using wood through a chipper is making sure you know what you are getting. Usaually the chip trucks are full of multiple species of tree. Since i know what is going through my chipper i know what I am getting. I have chipped many apple trees and used the chips with great success.
The blades of the chipper do not have any oil on them.
As far as the chainsaw oil goes.... all chainsaws will have oil on the blade. So anything cut with a chainsaw in effect will have some residue oil on it. I have never noticed it when cooking. I imagine as the wood ages what little oil there is goes away.