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    A Different Type of Wood

    The title probably fooled you handle freaks into reading it, but what I am talking about is grilling wood.

    Grilling season is starting, and this weekend I am going to be using my smoking chips from Maine Grilling Woods. I got their sampler late last year, and I really love them. 10 varieties of wood to try out, and I actually soak them in a mixture of (cheap) red wine and water.

    Of course, I could also hang out near the garbage bin behind BoardSmith Dave's shop for wood chips, but he is too far away.

    King salmon is on the menu this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Of course, I could also hang out near the garbage bin behind BoardSmith Dave's shop for wood chips, but he is too far away.
    That's a good idea! I think I remember someone getting some at one point before. Maybe I'll be able to get some when I visit. That man goes through tons of wood...

    Salmon sounds good, can we expect some mouth watering pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potato42 View Post
    Salmon sounds good, can we expect some mouth watering pictures?
    Maybe. But it depends upon how much wine I drink before those chips finish soaking.

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    I just did salmon with apple and pear chips. Best salmon I've ever had. Wife thought so too.

    I want some grapefruit wood, but it's not so easy to find around here.

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    Where did you get pear chips?

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    When we cut down a pear tree I saved some logs for chips. There are some BBQ places not far who sell me a box of wood when I need it.

    There are some real distinctive woods like mesquite, which is too strong, but I don't have much of a preference between most woods. Fruitwoods for pork and poultry but I mix in oak or whatever is available. I also stopped soaking several years ago when it didn't seem to make a difference. The liquid coats but doesn't really penetrate much.

    Is using mixed firewood okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Where did you get pear chips?

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    Locally. A guy had them advertised on Craigslist. I bought several pounds...almost out though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mano View Post
    Is using mixed firewood okay?
    I mix different types of wood all the time...in fact I rarely use a single wood type for smoking anymore.

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    Oak is a great neutral base smoke, paired with whatever else you're trying to work in, such as pear chips. It would be a good way to make those chips last a little longer, Adam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    Oak is a great neutral base smoke, paired with whatever else you're trying to work in, such as pear chips. It would be a good way to make those chips last a little longer, Adam.
    Great idea. Thanks!

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