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