Smoker fuel

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  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    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.
     
  2. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    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.
     

  3. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    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,
     
  4. Robo

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    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.

    rob.....
     
  5. PCM_old

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    I use pine nettles, pine cones & small scrap pine or cedar chips.

    PCM
     
  6. indypartridge

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    I usually use either baling twine, often wrapped around corregated cardboard; or I used denim shredded from my old jeans.
     
  7. wadehump

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    burlap, it burns slow plenty of smoke.
     
  8. Tia

    Tia New Member

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    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.
     
  9. No_Bivy

    No_Bivy New Member

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    pine needles with a few chunks of "punk" wood from really old dead standing trees.