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Apr 13th 2009, 08:59 PM
What do you use, and why.
My favorites, in this order, are:
Brown baling twine, not green. Easy to light, burns smooth, smoke not strong
Burlap, same as baling twine, but harder to light.
Pine needles easy to light, long lasting
Old Blue denim..Harder to light, smells bad, but easy to find
And best of all, all are free.
Apr 13th 2009, 09:34 PM
I love pine needles but I was always collecting and out.
Then I went with bales of pine and cedar from the tractor supply store. I found that mixing the two make a good smelling smoke. And the bales are under $5 each and last all year long.
Now, I keep bees for a woodworking company and get all the sawdust and planer curls that I can load. It's free.
I think twine and denim both stink.
Apr 14th 2009, 08:49 AM
I use cedar or pine chips bought by the bale at a local farm supply store. I was wondering if wood pellets for a wood stove would work. we have a place here in town that pellets them I might give them a try,
Apr 14th 2009, 09:50 AM
I was wondering if wood pellets for a wood stove would work. we have a place here in town that pellets them I might give them a try,
That is all I use now. Can buy a big bag for $5 that last me the whole season. I have a Rauchboy that I throw a handful in and light it with a propane torch. Once the handful of pellets are burning good, I put the insert in the smoker and then fill it half full with pellets. It will burn for many many hours without going out.
The only draw back is you have to be careful about tilting the smoker too much and having lit pellets come out.
Apr 14th 2009, 05:19 PM
I use pine nettles, pine cones & small scrap pine or cedar chips.
Apr 15th 2009, 06:53 AM
I usually use either baling twine, often wrapped around corregated cardboard; or I used denim shredded from my old jeans.
Apr 19th 2009, 04:38 PM
burlap, it burns slow plenty of smoke.
Apr 20th 2009, 08:14 AM
I just got a new supply. . .after 3 yrs my canvas hammock is falling apart, so I thought I'd give it a try in my smoker. The dye is totally gone. . .faded out. . .so I figure no harmful chemicals. And the cords that run from the canvas to the poles look like good fuel as well.
Apr 20th 2009, 09:05 PM
pine needles with a few chunks of "punk" wood from really old dead standing trees.
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