pallette wood (oak)

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by smokinbiker, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Have a chance to get some oak pallettes. Would they be good for my Brinkman side box smoker I don't know if they treat the wood for rot etc. Don't want to poison anyone. any help would be appreciated.  Howie
  2. fftwarren

    fftwarren Smoking Fanatic

    Im not positive either, but Im almost certain they don't treat em. Pallets dont last long in the weather and most look like rough cut lumber shot together with a nail gun
  3. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Most (if not all) pallets are treated.  The treatment can be via chemical or heat.  This is an international law (it applies to all pallets shipped over national borders).  If it is chemical then the chemical used is methyl bromide.

    Note that the treatment is not to make them last but rather to kill any insects/organisms inside the wood.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2010
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I would say no. If it wasn't treated when built somebody else may have sprayed some kind of chemicals on it while it was used and you may never know.
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  5. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    I would avoid them.  You never know where they have been and what might have gotten on it. 
  6. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Great point.  I didn't think of the "after-market" pollution aspect.
  7. fftwarren

    fftwarren Smoking Fanatic

    I stand corrected. even if they aren't treated as MattS said, you don't know what got spilled on it. And I'm sure they've had something spilt on them at some point or another
  8. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     I use em ta start the fire in the shop stove from time ta time, ya be amazed at some a the colors what come outa that wood in the flames.  That be different chemicals what have been spilt on them pallets.  Look clean, but ya just never know.  It just ain't worth the risk yall.
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Survey say's.....Heck NO!
  10. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I say, probally better not as well.

    Oh geezzzz, someone or something along the way may have took a leak on or near them. WOW, now that would be a really bad smoke!!
  11. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ok  so I  have a question then... Why does everyone suggest to burnout their UDS drums with these contaminated pallets???  Some people wont use a drum cause it may have motor oil in it but will burnout a liner in a food grade barrel with questionable pallets???  I burnt the liner out of my drum with a weed burner...worked great. I was just wondering???

  12. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Because its free...and easy to come by...and burns well...and your not cooking over it...and you are burining at hi temp, not cooking at low and the way congrats on getting your liner out...i gave up on mine after about 8 pallets, a weedburner, and a sanding flap disk on my angle.  Thing was a beast.  Now its a trash can with intake holes on the bottom!  But i bought a WSM
  13. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, that's why it's ok to burn with pallets but not cook.
  14. Thanks for all the excellent advise. All makes a lot of sense.  

    I'll let the bugs eat them. 


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