Originally Posted by Dr K
His standard and specialty BBQ pellets are his he gets in bulk from different places around the country. The BBQ'RS Delight one pound bags are also 100% the name of the wood on the bag I found locally as well and is good. His garlic spice and other spice pellets are in a White Oak wood to make the pellet. The 20lb. bag of Hickory pellets he sent me were unmarked in a thin plastic bag without a name that I put in a pale since it easily rips. Lifting it out of the box the bag just fell apart. It looks better in a pale anyway.
All the pellets I buy from him are in his plastic bags. With the older ones he used to write the wood type and weight on the bag with a Sharpie. Now he just slaps on a label and checks off the wood type and the weight. I've yet to have a bag tear. I keep the bags in the boxes they were shipped in along with the included list of what I bought. That way, once I find the box, I can easily see what bags of pellets I have in there.
Guys talk about the need to nuke wood pellets before putting them in the AMNPS. I had Pitmaster's Choice in a torn bag exposed to whatever the temperature and humidity was inside my garage for about 2 years before I used it up. I never had a problem lighting them up in the pellet smoker--and it can get pretty damp and humid here in Washington state.
As I wrote to bmaddox, I don't really know anything about where Todd sources his wood pellets because it wasn't important to me. I've learned since then, as you wrote, he uses white oak in some of his specialty pellets and red oak in his regular oak pellets. I don't know if he makes his own regular pellets or subcontracts them out. I don't know who he buys already-made pellets from. I buy from Todd because he's a great guy and the wood pellets are superb, wherever they were sourced.
But I still haven't learned yet the difference between BBQ and grilling pellets. I know that Traeger uses standard wood pellets in their smoker/grills.