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Aug 18, 2009 06:45 AM

woodchips for smoking in Brooklyn/Queens

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. 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.

    1. I've bought wood chunks for smoking on ebay.

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      1. re: Val55

        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.

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

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        1. re: Cheesy

          At which Home Depot location have you seen it?

          1. re: Joe MacBu

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

            1. re: Joe MacBu

              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. 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

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

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                1. re: jakeyd

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

                  1. re: dhs

                    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.