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woodchips for smoking in Brooklyn/Queens

dhs Aug 18, 2009 06:45 AM

Hi all,

Where can I find larger/bulk qty of wood/chips for smoking meat? I have only seen small boxes of various species in the grocery store, but there must be a more economical source.


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  1. Joe MacBu RE: dhs Aug 18, 2009 08:19 AM

    In two years of searching, I haven't found a more economical source in the city that's open to the public. I picked up a couple of armloads of wood on the side of a road in PA for $4. It makes me realize how insane the prices are for those little baggies of chips. Perhaps it's worth a shot to ask some of the farmers at the Greenmarkets.

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      Val55 RE: dhs Aug 18, 2009 08:20 AM

      I've bought wood chunks for smoking on ebay.

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        dhs RE: Val55 Aug 18, 2009 08:57 AM

        thanks for the responses. Being NYC is not a DIY bbq haven, I sorta figured it was a stretch. Will be running by a Home Depot later to see if maybe they had a misguided purchaser for NYC.

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        Cheesy RE: dhs Aug 18, 2009 09:13 AM

        Wood chunks (fist-sized) are available at Home Depot in 20 lb bags and are great (Hickory and Mesquite).

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          Joe MacBu RE: Cheesy Aug 18, 2009 09:20 AM

          At which Home Depot location have you seen it?

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            King of Northern Blvd RE: Joe MacBu Aug 18, 2009 06:22 PM

            Home Depot on Northern Blvd in Woodside usually has chips and chunks. Hickory and Mesquite.

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              dhs RE: Joe MacBu Aug 21, 2009 06:57 AM

              Home Depot in Coney Island had the same chunks and chips of mequite & hickory. I am guessing all nyc area one will stock those.

          2. phunkykim RE: dhs Aug 18, 2009 02:43 PM

            i've seen wood chips at the following locations in queens
            garden world
            46 Ave & Francis Lewis Blvd
            Flushing, NY 11358
            (718) 224-6789
            big apple bbq
            149-13 14th Avenue
            Whitestone, NY 11357
            Phone – 718.746.1212
            also w/ a lic location

            18 31 42nd, Long Island City, NY 11101
            (718) 204-1166
            good luck

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              Geo8rge RE: dhs Aug 20, 2009 08:15 PM

              Please do not operate a smoker in New York City especially in August. Maybe during the winter would be better.

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                jakeyd RE: Geo8rge Aug 21, 2009 06:16 AM

                Why not?

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                  dhs RE: jakeyd Aug 21, 2009 06:59 AM

                  yeah, wondering that myself. Already did this in brooklyn, and plan to do it again soon.

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                    jakeyd RE: dhs Aug 21, 2009 07:07 AM

                    Yeah I could see a problem with someone doing it on the fire escape or something, which is illegal anyway, but I've been using backyard smokers in Brooklyn for almost ten years.

              2. bigmackdaddy RE: dhs Aug 21, 2009 05:00 PM

                You might want to make sure the bags of wood being sold in NYC is pure wood and not left-over wood for furniture.

                1. norah_j RE: dhs Sep 2, 2009 07:41 PM

                  most whole foods carry them by the 10lb bag... there is a hardware store in forest hills which carries 24lb bags for 15.00 which seems to be the best i could find locally... if youre interested theyre located on metropolitan ave and 71st.

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                    wonka RE: dhs Sep 6, 2009 02:03 PM

                    try contacting Dairyland...they serve alot of restaurants, they may sell it to you..check on line....or check with Baldors on line first, I believe they have a customer window..hope it helps.

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                      jg488 RE: dhs Sep 8, 2009 03:58 PM

                      these guys are the best:

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                        abbybelford RE: dhs Nov 3, 2009 05:40 AM

                        Good morning--We have woodchips at our farm in Binghamton NY, and can deliver to the city in any quantity that you need. We currently have apple, hickory, cherry and maple available. Please let me know if you are interested.

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                          rgttech RE: abbybelford Nov 3, 2010 11:12 AM

                          I live on Long Island and am interested in purchasing some chips for smoking. I am interested in Apple, Hickory, Alder and others. Can you give me an idea of what volumes are available and prices.

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                            rgttech RE: abbybelford Nov 6, 2010 05:59 PM

                            Can you tell me if there are still wood chips available?

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                              chewbie RE: abbybelford Nov 12, 2010 06:31 AM

                              I would be interested in buying wood chips from you. Can you please let us know how we can order? Thanks.

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                                seawall90 RE: abbybelford Dec 1, 2011 11:49 AM

                                abbybelford, Definitely interested in all varities of your wood chips. My reply is two years later.
                                please email me at: seawall90 at yahoo.com so we can make arrangements.

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                                  dhs RE: seawall90 Dec 1, 2011 06:56 PM

                                  FWIW, since I started this thread a couple of years ago - I have been using The Woodman. Not the least expensive, but for delivery in the 5 boroughs, they do right by me.

                              2. subinai RE: dhs Dec 2, 2011 01:40 PM

                                believe it or not i have seen some at union market in park slope

                                Union Market
                                754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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