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chunking wood up to smoke food?

tyotrain

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ok i have some cherry and maple wood that i would like to chunk up to smoke with is it a no no to use my chainsaw because of the bar oil?
 

bbally

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I cut with a chain saw all the time.  If it is set up properly it will not oil the wood.  The oil catches in the chip and flings off.  Though it is a possibility, but the cords I go through I am not using a bow saw.
 

les3176

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I also use a chainsaw to cut my wood.if i have some smaller branches i will use my chopsaw,its way faster.but i have never found any oil on my chunks so far.
 

tyotrain

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does the peanut oil work good for you? is there any gum up from it?
 

biggeorge50

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Peanut oil has worked good for me so far.  I run a couple of "tanks" of it through to flush out the petroleum oil before I cut smoking wood.  I haven't tried it in colder weather, but I don't have any gumming up problems with it in warm weather.
 

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