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Where to get apple wood chips in Toronto?

Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 09:15 AM

Logs or anything? It seems borderline impossible to find.

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  1. Googs RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 09:28 AM

    Home Hardware carries a fairly diverse line of wood chips compared to their offerings in previous years including apple. That would be the most convenient choice.

    In the past I would have recommended Sobies, but I've found their quality to be slipping.

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      WingMan72 RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 10:09 AM

      Try http://www.bbqs.com/

      I think they were last selling them by the barrel but might do smaller quantities this season.

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        smr714 RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 10:12 AM

        Home depot also used to have the wood chips in the bbq/seasonal area

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          jayt90 RE: smr714 Jul 3, 2008 12:54 PM

          I don't recall anything sweeter than maple chips there.

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            Googs RE: jayt90 Jul 3, 2008 03:18 PM

            At Home Hardware I've purchased alder, apple, cherry, pecan, and of course hickory & mesquite. No maple or oak, but good enough selection for most purposes.

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              Davwud RE: Googs Jul 3, 2008 06:42 PM

              Googs, you smoke??

              You have a smoker or just do it on the grill??


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                Googs RE: Davwud Jul 4, 2008 09:20 AM

                As I live downtown in a condo it's a propane 'cue with cast iron smoker box for now. My neighbours might not be so neighbourly if I put a full-on smoker up there. They need to be able to enjoy their rooftop decks as well.

                I still find the smoker box works just fine for slow & low purposes such as chicken, pork, lamb leg, and ribs. Even short/high burst cue's such as steak benefit if I'm careful enough. It definitely makes a discernible and enjoyable difference in taste. I can't imagine steak without the influence of wood now.

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                  Teep RE: Googs Jul 4, 2008 12:58 PM

                  Googs, where did you get the smoker box and how much?

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                    gijoeanne RE: Teep Jul 4, 2008 02:13 PM

                    Is it possible to smoke at home without any fancy-schmancy things? ie. somewhere along the lines of pour some water over the applewood chips, wrap it up in some aluminium foil, stick in the oven at low heat, and judiciously turn on every fan/exhaust system in my condo?
                    Or am I just being too wishful....

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                      Googs RE: gijoeanne Jul 4, 2008 02:51 PM

                      Death wishful. Do not, not, not, not, not do that.

                      Teep, they're commonly available at any hardware store. No need for a trip to a specialist. I got mine at Home Hardware. Can't remember what I paid, but I do recall it wasn't very much.

                      Just be sure to buy cast iron and don't put anything in it that isn't wood. No briquettes, no pellets, or any other silly device. Sure they're easier to use, but deliver very unpleasant results.

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                        Davwud RE: Googs Jul 4, 2008 08:23 PM

                        I bought one as a gift for someone at Crappy Tire.


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                        duckdown RE: gijoeanne Jul 4, 2008 04:47 PM

                        I just use aluminum foil pouches with holes poked in them, filled with 1/3rd wet and 2/3rd dry woodchips; but this is in a propane BBQ.. I definitely couldn't or wouldn't advise doing it inside of your oven

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                          embee RE: gijoeanne Jul 6, 2008 06:25 PM

                          Actually, you can smoke on your stovetop using wood sawdust and a suitable cooking vessel. The best known cooker is the Cameron's Stovetop Smoker. Once you see how it is made, you can improvise something similar quite easily from a pot with a tight lid, a rack, and some foil. Cameron's sells many kinds of wood, but anything that is very finely cut will work. So does a strong tea (a classic Chinese cooking method).

                          Though you need a decent external exhaust fan, you will not kill yourself by using this method. Note, though, that you will be HOT smoking while you cook and you will get a smoky background hint rather than something done low/slow and redolent of smoke.

                          There is also a foil smoker cooking bag system that you can use in the oven. These are made in Finland and work very well. One brand name is "Savu". Home Depot was selling these for $1.00 apiece last year, though they don't seem to have any at the moment. I've seen these for as much as $7 at specialty shops under various brand names. They come with several varieties of wood and in several smoke strengths. I have made some amazing short ribs in these bags, but this system can get really pricey at $7 each.

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                            Davwud RE: embee Jul 6, 2008 07:11 PM

                            "This system can get really pricey at $7 each."



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                              embee RE: Davwud Jul 6, 2008 07:23 PM

                              This is a "use once and throw away" cooking bag which contains wood dust and some other seasoning elements in a perforated chamber. At the $7 price charged by some stores which carry it, this becomes a very expensive way to add smoke flavour to food. (A comparable quantity of plain wood dust costs very little.) Last year's Home Depot price made it a good deal.

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                        Davwud RE: Googs Jul 4, 2008 08:25 PM

                        I could regale you with stories of billows of smoke coming off the balcony of our first appartment. Pretty hilarious.


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                          jayt90 RE: Davwud Jul 4, 2008 09:14 PM

                          I had a fire truck visit when I used too-wet maple chips over charcoal in a Weber (nice neighbours!). The fireman said, "Damn, there's nothing here!"

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                    Apple RE: jayt90 Jul 3, 2008 08:22 PM

                    we bought applewood chips at the home depot on curity. We used this weekend to smoke chicken. wow.

                2. Kagemusha RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 11:10 AM

                  Check the pick-your-own orchards. Most sell apple wood suitable for smoke chips.
                  I get mine from Ferri's Orchards in Brampton(Steeles+Heritage Rd.) Ten bucks bought a big mesh bag of 2-5 inch thick lengths that lasts awhile. Ontario Gas BBQ will sell high unit cost chips, so try the orchards for a way better deal.

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                  1. re: Kagemusha
                    Davwud RE: Kagemusha Jul 3, 2008 12:06 PM

                    This is the way.

                    There are two apple orchards near where I live and that's where I get my apple. You'll probably have to break it down since it comes in logs. It's worth it though. Apple is the best I've used.


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                    tlaneyyz RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 12:02 PM

                    These links might help: www.basquescharcoal.com , or www.smokinlicious.ca.
                    They both should carry what you are looking for. Basques shows that they are mainly providing Maple, but they will know where to get other types.

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                      Pizza Lover RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 12:07 PM

                      Sobie's BBQ on Willowdale Ave in the Sheppard/Yonge area has a wide variety of chips including apple and pecan.

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                        Teep RE: Pizza Lover Jul 3, 2008 12:37 PM

                        Canadian Tire has them too.

                      2. pinkprimp RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 04:44 PM

                        I saw them at Williams-Sonoma today, on sale! I think they were only $6.

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                          TexSquared RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 07:47 PM

                          Bass Pro Shops at Vaughan Mills should have them; they have a pretty decent variety of wood chips for smoking.

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                            TexSquared RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 07:57 PM

                            Bass Pro Shops at Vaughan Mills has them, but I agree with the others in that you'd probably get a better deal at an apple orchard....

                            1. Vise RE: Bobby Wham Jul 3, 2008 08:00 PM

                              I just picked up some applewood chips from Home Depot (Curity location), have found that not every store stocks the applewood chips though so your mileage may vary.

                              1. duckdown RE: Bobby Wham Jul 4, 2008 10:59 AM

                                Apple is pretty mild... probably wouldn't use it for anything other than chicken or a pork tenderloin

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                                  Googs RE: duckdown Jul 4, 2008 11:09 AM


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                                    duckdown RE: Googs Jul 4, 2008 11:12 AM

                                    Applewood smoked steak doesn't sound too appealing to me :)

                                    Just my opinion of course

                                    then again, I don't think I've ever had a "smoked" steak (unless you count brisket)

                                    1. re: duckdown
                                      Googs RE: duckdown Jul 4, 2008 11:23 AM

                                      Not trying to correct you duckdown. It's obvious you're a fan of the sport. Just a little something for everyone there.

                                      I tend to blend woods, so no I haven't done a pure apple steak. Now you've made me curious.

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                                        duckdown RE: Googs Jul 4, 2008 11:50 AM

                                        Hey no worries, I didn't take offense to it :)

                                        I think an applewood smoked Pork-chop would be pretty great, with some apple sauce on the side. Maybe I'll give that a shot this weekend

                                        Let me know how your steak turns out :-)


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