Edited by Kingkoch42 - 12/9/11 at 2:20am
The bisquettes your are referring to are formed under extreme heat and pressure
Under heat and pressure the natural "Lignin" is released from the wood and acts as a "Natural Glue"
All wood contains Lignin, but some varieties have more than others.
Basically, they take small chips and shavings, and form them into small pucks.
You would get the same effect using chips
For your purpose, I would keep using chunks
Are there any Apple Orchards around?
We have a "Mediterranean Almond" that the French have brought here (the locals call it pistachio), the fruit has a very thick hull about the size of a ping pong ball, I use it for smoking, ...not to much because it's strong.
I just googled Sort-en-Chalosse, I see you have rain too, it's been raining steady for 5 days now, lots of crops, what do they grow there, ...anyway, you're close to Spain, can't you find any fruit or nut trees there you can use?
The Gendarme at the apartments where I work that come from the districts are generally nice friendly people, surely someone has some kind of fruit trees growing in their yards, maybe you could get some trimmings from them.
I followed the link and requested shipping charges on a 10 pound "sampler" box and got an E-mail beck this afternoon
Cost of box : $24,99
Costof shipping : $49.50
I I have to pay an import duty on it the 19% is calculated on the total (invoice amount + shipping) !!!
Thank you for the link but I think that the overhead is to high.
Would there be an import duty on a gift? Or only on a business transaction?
Justpassingthru : Yes we are having rain but we need it, last winter, and most of summer were pretty dry and the water tables are really low ( we have had watering restrictions on since July. Wish it would stop for a couple of days so that I could winterize the pool ! Anyway thankful that it is not raining as mush as it is East of here where they have some flooding on the Mediterranean coast!
Around here they raise corn and wine and corn and wine and ducks and corn and wine. Unfortunately the corn is not for human consumption, its animal feed.
I do not think that Maple or Pecan exist anywhere in Europe but I am not sure. All pecans that we can find are imported from the US and the Maple syrup comes either from the US or Canada.
Clifcarter : About 10 years ago I received a gift send from the U.S. and had to pay a duty on the declared value, do not remember if "shipping" was included but I had to go to Paris to pick it up (a little over a 7 hour drive for me). Even if the rules have changed in the last 10 years - I still find it ridiculous to pay $50 to ship something that costs $25 !
Pecan is probably not to be found but Norway Maple is native to Europe(hence the name Norway Maple) and I know of at least 1 person in the States who uses it to cook with. Trying to find it may be your best bet.
The reason I asked the ?'s was that I have a supply of maple and I might send you some but it sounds like it will end up costing you too much no matter what.
My Son & I used some of these (Link below) before I got my amazing smokers.
They work great, last long, and are easy to break into any thickness you want to use (Lots of flavors).
Maybe the shipping won't be as bad for you as the Bradley pucks.
I think the Bradley pucks last about 20 minutes each, and I was getting about 1 1/2 hours per inch with these things.
Still nothing beats an AMNPS, but I don't know how hard it is to get them & the pellets over there.
Don't give up on the "field corn," way back when I was a teenager we picked field corn the first, second and even the third day is was ripe, good stuff, tasted just like sweet corn.
Surely there is someone that has fruit or nut trees in their yard where you live, in a couple of months they will be trimming them, ...just saying.
You know, I was thinkin' (dangerous, I know), how about if you went to Spain (peut-etre their customs are less strict), since it's so close, and open a boite postal and have the AMNS and dust or pellets sent there, they don't weigh much and maybe you could arrange with Todd to ship one pound per month (I received a 200 g package from England and it was about 6 Euros, so EU to Spain can't be much more if any) he sent an AMNS to me with dust and I don't remember the shipping, but I don't think it was that much, you might PM Todd, he could tell you for sure what the shipping would be.
Maybe that helps,