Oak pallet wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by rickw, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am curious if the raw ends of pallets would be any good for smoking. My brother says the guy he gets his firewood from says this is just raw oak, not treated. The ends he has looks like rough cut 4x4 pieces, opinions?
  2. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I would say as long as it is oak and it has not been treated then you should be fine.

    Being the ends of pallets it may be so thin that it will burn rather quickly, but still should be able to use it
  3. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Kind of a risky proposition if your brothers friend is wrong......
  4. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hopefully, those pallets never carried anything toxic....
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hence the question. These are the bigger pieces of oak not the thinner ones. Like what would be on the bottom of the pallet.

    They are from a pallet company that makes new ones, they have never been loaded.
  6. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    in that case, i don't see any problems ~ could be a good score unless someone here knows a good reason not to use them!
  7. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'd sure take a look at them, and then use your best judgement. It just might pan out, and you'd have a heck of a score on your hands. Good Luck.

    BBQ Eng.
  8. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Normaly i would say no-but if this is a pallet factory etc. and wood is not to dry-as i couldnt see them necesarily kiln drying pallet wood- since the design makes the strength- i would go for it.I sawz -all the discarded broken ones for kindling in my shop stove.
  9. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    If your sure the wood hasn't been sprayed with pesticides or something to preserve it then it may be a great source.
  10. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Before I even try we are going to make sure 100% it is raw oak and not treated.
  11. smoke on the water

    smoke on the water Fire Starter

  12. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    From your link.

    The cheapest pallets are made of softwood and are often considered expendable, to be discarded as trash along with other wrapping elements, at the end of the trip. These pallets are simple stringer pallets, and liftable from two sides.

    Slightly more complex hardwood block pallets,

    It looks as if they do indeed use hardwoods for some pallets.
  13. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I would be afraid they are treated with pesticide etc.
  14. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If there is the slightest chance of any chemicals I will nix the idea straight away.
  15. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic

    try it and feed the food to the neighbors you dont like and see what happens. [​IMG]
  16. zapper

    zapper Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Pallets are often treated with pesticides but usually after they are constructed. If you are sure that these scraps are byproducts from the original manufacturing of new and untreated pallets then you have a good source of wood. Many places remanufacture or rebuild pallets and I would not reccomend using the wood from any pallet that has left the manufacturing plant for cooking or indoor heating.
  17. mcp9

    mcp9 Meat Mopper

    i would not use them. way too risky.
  18. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    We got a box and pallet co near here. Oak and maple are the wood of choice . 4x4 chunks are at least great firewood . Grab what you can , check with the company re pesticides , but I doubt those chunks have been treated yet. They are the off cuts of big random length bundles that get cut to length for whatever pallet size they are building that day. Watch out for pine , looks similar when rough cut , weight and smell will help you sort them out.
  19. slim51015

    slim51015 Newbie

    I work at a pallet co./mill our pallets if need be are treated after assembly. We use all hardwood. The cutoffs prior to assembly are very good for smoking just may have to season them a while. We use a mix of woods like oak, maple cherry, ash.....
  20. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I stopped by today and talked to the fellow at the pallet company. I asked if the wood has ever been treated with anything. He told me this wood, mainly oak, is straight from the mill and is just plain rough cut oak, not treated with anything what so ever.

    If there is anyone else in the Chicagoland area interested they have quite a bit for sale and it's a real good price.

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