I have used electric and gas smokers for years. But I'm ready to move up to a real fire box setup. My method is going to be charcoal briquettes to light hardwood splits. They sell good hardwood logs for barbecue all over the place, but it's usually too big of pieces. I need about 10-12 inch pieces that are about 2 inches thick. So I got this little splitting axe.Are you dicing your own pellets?
Nice! I have made myself one of these too a few years ago with the exact same approach. This is a very handy tool.
I am definitely going to keep my eye out for a vintage one. There are a bunch around here (Virginia) at flea markets and pawn shops. I picked this one up from ebay because it was cheap and they were able to deliver it the next day. But I can see how easy it is going to be to fall down a new hole. I find myself making excuses to go down to the basement just so I can spend a few more minutes on my bevels.The axe rabbit hole is a fun one where vintage is almost always king. Sharpening and rehanging these are very enjoyable and challenging.
If it was my personal axes I probably wouldn't care as much. I suppose I go for a nice convex on the axes normally. Maybe I'm leaving the axes too thick behind the edge to get that really impressive sharpness people get.I've never worried too much about sharpening an axe, I usually apply the disc grinder with an abrasive (aka scotchbrite) flappy paddle to it taking care not to overheat the edge.
I try to never buy a tool until I need it. But the firewood I had was too big for my firebox. So I told my wife, "If you want barbecue, I am afraid that I will have to buy an axe." She really wanted barbecue so there were no objections.With what use my axe is getting I don't really know, as long as I can chop up some firewood to get the Pizza oven going I'm fine
i have one of these too. but i use blades that have teeth cutting in both directions. dont use this on g10. it will dull the blades very fast.
you did good!
Those are some beautiful tools. I have a saw and kamisori, but mine are much more utilitarian. Yours are really nicely made. I do have a Tanifuji folder. A Cape 1000. It is a quite dangerously sharp razor.
Just saw this thread again. How’s the offset treating you? I’m kind of jealous. I do everything in a BGE, which is fine and much more energy efficient, but since the fuel smolders at low temps instead of burning cleanly, I feel like the flavor probably isn’t as good. Never had an offset tho.
The offset is amazing. Not energy efficient. But so tasty. I've done ribs, pork loin, chickens, brisket. I've also used it as a wood fire grill for a whole beef tenderloin, burgers, hot dogs. Eventually I'm going to rig it up as a wood fire pizza oven as well. It's very versatile.Just saw this thread again. How’s the offset treating you? I’m kind of jealous. I do everything in a BGE, which is fine and much more energy efficient, but since the fuel smolders at low temps instead of burning cleanly, I feel like the flavor probably isn’t as good. Never had an offset tho.