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  • The Burn
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    I got some untreated red oak planks when we had our floor redone in the Spring. It's been great cut up as chunks and it burns pretty hot and fast so I'm thinking of using it as starter when I start to burn sticks. The amazing thing is that they just throw it away or burn it anyway.

  • Henrik
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    Hey, that's what I did. I managed to secure a good stash of alder wood from floor installers. Pure, untreated wood. Burns clean and smells good.

  • Huskee
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    That is definitely a nice wood pile. Congrats on that.

  • CandySueQ
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    All comes down to if a log smells stinky when you put it on the fire, take it out before it gives it up to your food! This goes for pellets too.

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  • DWCowles
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    If you live near a sawmill where they cut railroad ties or barn wood that's good wood to smoke with. They mostly cut oak, ash, and most other hardwood. Plus it's hasn't been treated with anything. But I prefer cutting mine own then I know what I have. Click image for larger version

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  • Huskee
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    CandySueQ Hmm, maybe what my local floor guy uses is untreated in this manner. I've used scrap oak pieces with great results. It was bare dry wood, smelled like wood, burnt like wood. Obviously steer clear of prefinished flooring but that's probably so obvious it doesn't need saying.

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  • CandySueQ
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    I beg to differ with the above! We have a sawmill -- some lumber has to be shipped within 3 days before mold gets a start. It goes to the lumber processor where it gets dipped in some preservative solution. Where it will hold until it gets dryer time. Snag wood, sure, but if it smells funky don't cook with it!

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  • Huskee
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    Yes you should be able to use scrap oak, hickory, and maple. If you know any wood floor installers or construction crews, snag it up!

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  • Dr ROK
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    No stupid questions here, but you may get a few stupid responses from the likes of me

  • Dr ROK
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    So let me ask, would oak at the lumber yard work? I can't imagine that it'd be treated with anything, but maybe I'm wrong. My electric only takes an ounce or two of wood and I can get lots of scrap oak from the local high school shop teacher.

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  • CandySueQ
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    Not a bad question at all!

    Stupid is using wood when you don't know the source and treatment. Let me tell you, sometimes when you know the source, the wood may be less than stellar. It's an agricultural product -- not standard from time to time.

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  • Sofa King
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    Thanks for the responses. That settles it quite nicely, and I feel completely stupid for not figuring this out.
    Doh!

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  • CandySueQ
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    BBQ wood lumber has to be treated or dried right away or stuff eats it! Problem with using it is how would you know if it's treated or dried?

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  • DWCowles
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    Most 2x4's are made from Pine which is not good for smoking food.

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  • Jon Solberg
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    Most building lumber is pine. That doesn't make for a very good cooking fire. Ya cant really tell if it was treated with someting. Even the not pressure treated stuff. For me, no way would I do it.
    Last edited by Jon Solberg; April 27, 2015, 10:20 AM.

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