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Hickory Wood near 880?

DezzerSF May 21, 2007 09:23 PM

Anyone know a place where I can buy hickory wood for smoking bbq? Preferably between Oakland and Fremont on 880.

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    P. Punko RE: DezzerSF May 22, 2007 12:07 AM

    Home Depot (and I would guess Lowe's), WalMart and Safeway all tend to carry hickory or mesquite chips for BBQ. Other woods- cherry, apple, maple, alder aren't as prevalent. Barbecues Galore has a large if pricy selection, but I checked and the only East Bay location is Pleasanton.

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      DezzerSF RE: P. Punko May 22, 2007 02:28 PM

      I bought some hickory chips today at Safeway. I want to try to find bigger pieces of wood though. Any leads?

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        P. Punko RE: DezzerSF May 22, 2007 05:24 PM

        Sometimes Wal-Mart has the bigger chunks (I believe I have seen them there), and Barbecues Galore definitely does. I would call Home Depot. The small chips do work very well for a lot of smoking using gas or charcoal grills or normal size smokers, the big hunks work great in the huge smokers.

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: DezzerSF May 22, 2007 02:29 PM

      Give Fessenden a call:

      Fessenden Firewood
      686 S 30th St
      Richmond, CA 94804
      (510) 236-4789

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Mission RE: Robert Lauriston May 23, 2007 10:32 AM

        When you do find some hickory.

        Make sure to soak it first in water and use it sparingly at first.
        Its very easy to over do it and have everything taste like bacon.

        Which is ok for Pork, but not that good for Chicken,beef and fish.

        There used to be a BBQ (smokers) manufacturer located near 98th and San Leandro Blvd in Oakland that sold all kinds of BBQ smoking woods and supplies.

        I will drive by and see if its still there?

      2. Civil Bear RE: DezzerSF May 23, 2007 04:10 PM

        For price, quality, and selection, you cannot beat the Lazzari distributorship in Brisbane. It may be on the other side of the bay, but definitely worth the trip for any serious smoking action.


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