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Paulustrious Sep 2, 2009 06:08 AM

I have access to some dried out hardwood logs. I don't have a chipper. What's the best way to make wood chips? I've got a bunch of other tools.

  1. BiscuitBoy Sep 2, 2009 09:34 AM

    Depending on how big a chip you need and how many...I just use an axe. In 10 or 15 minutes I have enough for a 12 hour smoking session. The irregularity this method gives me works out better than, say, if I run a piece thru my table saw, and they all come out uniform. I have also used a chain saw to make 2" slices, then break'em up with a maul

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      eagleclaw Oct 7, 2009 05:58 PM

      HELLO THERE

      I HAVE A QUESTION I HOPE YOU CAN ANSWER.I HAVE ACERS OF RED ALDER ON MY PROPERTY .CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO MAKE WOOD CHIPS FOR SMOKING.

      THANKS
      BRAD

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        scubadoo97 Oct 9, 2009 04:27 AM

        Without a planer it's going to be hard to make chips. You can make chunks but cutting into small pieces and then splitting with an axe

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      smtucker Sep 2, 2009 03:23 PM

      We use a band saw to get the pieces into something manageable, and then a hand axe to make the chips.

      1. Paulustrious Sep 2, 2009 03:44 PM

        My thanks for the replies. I'll fire up the table saw and sawzall and sharpen the axe. I just wondered if there was some secret little trick I hadn't thought of. I did pick up a stack of oak chips from an arborist last winter.

        One last question. The maples in my yard sheds dead branches from time to time. Are there any problems with these provided they are dry and do not appear to be infested or rotten?

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          smtucker Sep 2, 2009 04:44 PM

          Don't see why you couldn't use maple, though it isn't my favorite wood for cooking. Consider planting some cherry and/or alder trees!

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            MGZ Sep 3, 2009 04:34 AM

            I'll use Maple branches when they fall or (on those too rare occassions) I prune. I do remove all of the bark. I find that the bark on smaller branches produes a more acrid smoke than I like for cooking.

            As for cutting, I use an axe for splitting big pieces and a sharp hatchet for making smaller chunks.

          2. Paulustrious Oct 7, 2009 06:36 PM

            This thread reappeared, but it looks like the post that caused it has been moderated out of existence.

            I found my method. I used a planer. The chips are small but they seem to work well in my smoker, and they are not cross-contaminated with soft wood.

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              smtucker Oct 8, 2009 01:57 PM

              How did the maple taste?

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                Paulustrious Oct 8, 2009 03:13 PM

                It was apple. Went well with chicken and sauerkraut.

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                  smtucker Oct 8, 2009 09:16 PM

                  Oh,. I do love apple chips. You did mention maple above, so if you try that, please report back.

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