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Jul 9, 2012 12:51 PM

different woods for smoking and barbecue

I am tired of paying exorbitant prices for little packages of mesquite, hickory, or apple wood chips, for example. Where can I find reasonable sized bags in the "greater Lexington MA area? I would like to experiment with other woods as well. Can anyone help, please?


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  1. Sadly not in that area, but Brookline Ice and Coal has some decent sized bags of wood chips at good prices.

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    1. re: devilham

      Brookline Ice also has chunks, which are great for smoking.

    2. I've never been there myself, but it looks like the Bar-B-Que Barn in Arlington (not too far from Blue Ribbon BBQ) would fit the bill and is pretty near to Lexington.

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      1. re: Allstonian

        BBQ Barn is VERY pricey.

        Heck, just call one of the local orchards and get some of the wood from when they prune. Apple, pear, peach, etc. Or call someone who cuts firewood and ask if they have hickory, they will certainly have oak, maple, and ash, all of which are good for smoking...

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Brookline ice and coal - the stuff stores forever so its worth a trip - i understand home depot carries some kinds of chips and chunks - also on-line - I think it's called Lurhan? i get apple, pecan and cherry from them (chips, not chunks)

          1. re: teezeetoo

            How's the HD pricing? I've seen chips there, good for grilling but for long BBQ I prefer chunks.

            1. re: trufflehound

              i haven't purchased from HD (I'm right near Brookline Ice and Coal) so can't tell. I'm assuming they have chips and not chunks but I'm not at all sure (I agree on the chunks for the long and slow cooking but I like applewood chips for smoking a turkey and cherry works great with game birds).

              1. re: teezeetoo

                No, Home Depot sells chunks as well as chips. I'm still working on a couple of bags of fist-sized chunks of both mesquite and hickory that I bought two summers ago for short money.

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  Brookline Ice and Coal only offered really large bags when I went last year, something like 25 or 50 lbs. Home Depot in Watertown had much smaller bags of mesquite, hickory, apple and something else, maybe pecan, for just a few dollars. True Value/Ideal Block on Lexington St. in Walthm had similar sized bags of a few different varieties today in the way back to the left in the grilling section. Sorry, I didn't check the prices since I was looking for the Weber chimney starters they had on sale. The wood chunks are probably a little pricier than Home Depot but worth checking out since it's not too far from you.

              2. re: trufflehound

                we get all our wood, charcoal and chips from Brk Ice. They will deliver for small $. Nice responsible dependable long-time Boston vendors.

        2. I don't know if you're opposed to ordering via the internet . . . but you can't go wrong with Great quality wood and a variety of types and sizes (chips/chunks/etc.)

          1. I looked up the supplier that the BBQ Barn uses for its wood chunks and it appears you can get a decent size bag for much less than sold in the retail store over the internet. They have a great selection of local wood sourced in Maine and seem to ship for free via UPS ground.


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