I just got a new Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker for Christmas. After watching me spend between $10 and $15 on 3 bags of chips today, my thrifty husband wants to know how hard/easy/labor intensive it'd be to make our own? We live in the heart of the Ozarks, have tons of white oak and hickory trees on our place and a dead (fixing to be firewood unless I can smoke with it) crabapple tree out front of the house. We don't own a wood chipper cause we burn everything that drops, but, if feasible, my 9 year old just got a hatchet for Christmas and I'm sure he'd like nothing better than to turn logs into chips. My smoker specifically states to use chips not chunks.
Making my own wood chips
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The MES uses such a little amount of wood that I could not justify making my own wood chips. I know I could make my own but then I would get thirsty, more than likely I would get real thirsty and water would not quench my thirst. So then I will have a beer and then a buddy shows up and I drink more beer - while I am making my wood chips. Next thing you know I'm going to the hospital and come home with one less finger. I am sure many people make their own chips and have not had a problem, but I am not so coordinated. Good luck.