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Wood Sausage Sticks

post #1 of 8
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When I bought my MES (used), 3 wood dowels for smoking sausage came with it. I'm guessing the sticks are maybe hickory. I went to Home Depot and bought the same size dowel and that turned out to be a mistake. The dowels bent while in the smoker and fell. It wasn't pretty. Where can I get wood dowels for smoking?
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Dowels come in many sizes all the way up to 1 inch. I just cut my own on a table saw. 3/4 inch and 2 feet long will support several pounds.

post #3 of 8
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The dowels I bought where the same size but bent in the smoker. I'm guessing they are made from a different wood.
post #4 of 8
The dowels that are sold in the big box stores usually aren't made from a hardwood. You need to look for something like oak. You may need to order online unless you have a good hardwood supplier in your area.
post #5 of 8
Just buy a larger diameter dowel. The box stores around here they have poplar and oak. I use 3/4" in my MES with no issues.
post #6 of 8

Lowes has 1/2" and 5/8" oak dowels

 

Here is a link to a rack I made for mine.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/174140/sausage-rack-mes40-w-step-by-step

post #7 of 8

You can find Hardwood dowels around here but you have to look, most are pine or other soft woods

 

Gary

post #8 of 8
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I'll get some larger size dowels and I have to look for oak. The dowels I'm using are so smoked colored it's hard to tell what kind of wood they are made from.

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