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Jul 21, 2014 10:06 AM

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

Anyone seen chunks of something like Alder or Beech around here? I can easily find things like chips and cedar planks, but chunks are easier to deal with for me because they don't burn up as quickly.

I'm planning on smoking salmon and bluefish primarily. If I'm being too picky and should just go with something like pecan, I'm happy to go that route. Advice is welcome.

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  1. The BBQ Barn in Arlington has chunks of a few different woods. Not cheap, but just what you are looking for.

    1. I think Bluefish enjoys apple smoke but I don't know where to buy it. I just collect the blowdowns at my parents' place.

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      1. re: smtucker

        Similarly, you can buy apple branches at pretty much any orchard.

        1. re: smtucker

          You can get apple chunks (and mesquite and cherry, I think) many places, including Sears or Ace Hardware stores. I've used apple, mesquite, and no wood at all, just briquets or hardwood low and slow , with good success for bluefish.

        2. True Value Hardware on Lexington St. in Waltham had several different kinds of chips and chunks a few weeks ago. I'm not sure what the inventory is like now. Also, Home Depot usually has a couple of kinds of chunks.

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          1. re: bear

            I checked the wood chunks/chips at True Value Waltham today. They didn't have any alder or beech, just cherry, apple, mesquite, hickory, pecan and the Jack Daniels barrels.

          2. Brookline Ice & Coal sells wood chunks (a few inches) in big sacks

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            1. re: Luther

              yes, we've always gone to them for our grill and smoker supplies. and they deliver as well.

              1. re: Luther

                They do sell wood chunks and it's great if you have storage. Just be aware that the bags are really large, either 25 or 40 lbs. Too big for my tiny house, sadly.

                1. re: bear

                  I haven't been in a long time, but I thought they had smaller bags of wood behind the counter

                  1. re: lc02139

                    They didn't a couple years back when I went, but maybe they were just out of the small bags. A call or an email would be wise if you want smaller

              2. I have used Smokinlicious with tremendous success.