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Hi all, I was just checking this site yesterday found it interesting so thought I'd join. I got a charbroil propane smoker for chistmas. I used it about 5 times so far so good. I modified it a bit. I add bread pans of water to bottom shelf and fill the whole bottom with wood chips.
So what brought me to the site was i drove by an apple orchard yesterday and saw they were trimming the trees for this year and thought I should stop and ask if I can take a bunch of cuttings and dry them for next year. Then I wouldn't have to pay outrageous prices at the store for the chips. Any suggestions as to the drying process? Should I cut the pieces small? just take twigs?
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First off, Welcome to SMF!!

 

You just need to stack the logs & let them dry out over time then cut them up. I think you can use wood chunks in your smoker instead if chips. I have a Smoke Vault & use chunks in it. I make my own out of wood splits cut on a chop saw.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/242787/cheap-wood-chunks-free-sawdust

 

Here's the chunks in my chip tray.

 

 

 

Hope this helps!

 

Al

post #3 of 4
Welcome from SC. It's good to have you on this great site. I would use chunks. Easier to cut and a better smoke.
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texas.gif  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a wet and soggy day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

 

Looks Good 

 

 

Gary

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