As asked, I am checking in. Never smoked meat before, and just came in from slicing an old maple log into quarter inch slices. My plan was to get enough sawdust. This may, in retrospect not be such a great idea. Not that it takes a lot of time, it does not, but there may be a little bar oil in the mix, and I see a little bit of black mould (spalt). Do you think it would burn off or would it contaminate the meat even after it was down to coals? second, is this the right place on this huge web site to ask such a question? Was I right to start a new thread here? If not, where should I have "checked in", and where should I have asked this question? Marshal Bill From Ottawa.