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Wood pellets vs chip

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Okay my question is this. When I got my first smoker it had were I was using the compressed disks. It was okay but I did notice a lot of the flavor from the different discs tasted the same on the meat I was doing. Now when I changed over 2 using chips things changed. I could tell when lets say apple was used or when i used maple or hickory. What I wonder is this. Are the pellets the same way. I would like to buy one of them trays and use pellets but I'm afraid it'll end up like the disks I once used. What I seen on some of the pellets Packaging is where it states 30% - 60% Hardwood is used. Can you really tell the difference between the Apple the maple and the Hickory when using the pellets? The tray and the pellets would be a good added addition for when I'm smoking Meats at night and I go to bed. I just don't want to be disappointed. So I'm asking for opinions from all of you that use pellets.
post #2 of 15

Many makes of pellets are a blend of Alder (W coast) or Oak (E coast) and the labeled Flavor Wood like Hickory, Apple, Etc.One will be virtually  indistinguishable from the next. I suspect that is the situation with Pucks. Quality 100% Smoke Wood Pellets, like those sold by Todd at A-MAZE-N are what the label says and there is a definite taste and smell difference from flavor to flavor...JJ

post #3 of 15

With the quality wood pellets you will be able to tell the difference between flavours. In the good quality pellets, depending on the type of wood in the pellets you buy, they will always be 100% hardwood but some will be a mixture. Hickory and mesquite for instance is very strong flavoured woods and so are often mixed with Oak (usually between 25%-60%) when turned into pellets. Without the Oak the flavour from the pellets would be overpowering - much stronger than burning wood chunks. The milder woods (manly the fruit woods) are usually used alone but can sometimes contain 25-50% Oak. If the ones you buy are the stronger woods and are 100% (say hickory or mesquite) then use them sparingly.


The important thing to look for is not just that they contain 100% hardwood but what hardwood it is. Any good quality supplier will tell you exactly what is in the pellet. Make sure that whichever ones you buy that there are food grade pellets.


I usually use Cookshack Hickory pellets, which are 60% oak and 40% hickory and there is no mistaking the hickory flavour on the food.


The pellets from Todd are a bit of a mix. Many of his smaller packs ("BBQr's Delight") are 100% of the wood itself, whereas his main range of pellets do not specify. He also stocks the Pitmasters Choice pellets which just say they contain "a unique blend of the featured wood and select hardwoods". I have not tried Todd's pellets as they would be too expensive to have shipped to the UK, but I would be confident that they are good pellets.

post #4 of 15

I don't think anything has changed with Todd's Pellets but one of his main selling points from the company inception was he uses 100% Smoke Wood unless labeled otherwise. His Mesquite should still be 100% Mesquite as far as know...JJ

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Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ View Post

His Mesquite should still be 100% Mesquite as far as know...


Wow - I bet that packs a punch Thumbs Up

post #6 of 15
Originally Posted by Wade View Post


Wow - I bet that packs a punch Thumbs Up

I like the flavor of Mesquite. My Wife, can't even stand the smell! The second year of my marriage, as an Electronics Technician I spent the summer training in Texas and the Post Office would pay for me to fly home or fly my wife out every 3 weeks. I had to listen to, " If they use Mesquite, you can go by yourself..." every time I suggested a Q joint to hit for supper...JJ

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks people for answering my questions. I appreciate it.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Since I already did a mod on my Bradley. I still have to use chunk wood and have to tend to it like my MES30. I thought I would incorporate the pellets instead. That would mean less time adding wood. So. That is what I am pondering right now. That's why I appreciate the replies
post #9 of 15

I love the AMNPS. I do not like the apple pellets that came with the AMNPS. I don't smell or taste any apple like I did when I used chips.  I am looking for other apple pellets to try, hopefully they exist. The pellets in the AMNPS work great for low temps in my electric smoker. Last weekend, I loaded up the tray with pellets and fired it up right before bedtime.  When I woke up the smoker was smoking away!

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
What brand did you not like for the apple?
post #11 of 15

Amazen brand.

post #12 of 15
My bbq delight Apple pellets I use in my gmg are pretty good, they have a decent Apple flavor to me.
post #13 of 15

I've used B&B Pellets that I picked up at Walmart and they weren't too bad.  I've heard that they are BBQ Delight pellets in different packaging, but they don't say that anywhere on them.  

post #14 of 15
One thing I have noticed about bbq delight pellets is that they seem to be more dirty/dusty when using them
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks people for all of your good info. Much appreciated.
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