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Wood Chunks - Purchase from where?

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  • glaive22
    Club Member
    • Jun 2020
    • 7
    • Atlanta, GA

    Wood Chunks - Purchase from where?

    Good evening,

    Pardon if this is an over posted subject. I’m practicing smoking on my Weber kettle, I’m out of hickory chunks, and I need more wood for different types of protein.

    Would y’all recommend wood chunks from a big box store? Online? Or what?

    Thanks and be safe.
  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 753
    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
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      Blackstone 17" griddle
      Joule Sous Vide circulator

      Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
      Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

    I get mine from the Ace Hardware just down the road from me. 1.8 miles away. So I guess I am no help. 🤷‍♂️


    • Dewesq55
      Dewesq55 commented
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      Plus 1 for Ace Hardware. They tend to have a decent variety. By me they are the only place I can ever buy oak. For apple, hickory or mesquite, Home Depot by me has very large bags for a decent price.
  • glaive22
    Club Member
    • Jun 2020
    • 7
    • Atlanta, GA

    Naw, you helped, I should visit Ace more.


    • BFlynn
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 846
      • Third Coast

      I get mine from the grocery store, right next to the charcoal.


      • JCGrill
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 1732
        • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
        • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
          Gas - Saber
          Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
          Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

        Anywhere. Outdoor store, home improvement store, hardware store, grocery store. Likely not the liquor store, but you never know.


        • marshall
          marshall commented
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          I once found 3 bags of cherry wood chunks at our local clothing department store when they had there store closing.....never had any sort of grilling stuff there before, bought all 3 for like 5$
      • glaive22
        Club Member
        • Jun 2020
        • 7
        • Atlanta, GA

        After rereading my post, and responses, I realize it sounded off. I really meant to ask if wood purchased from big box stores is better than wood purchased from other sources. Sorry, for the muddled mess!


        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
          Editing a comment
          I wouldn't say the big box store wood is the best, but I have had pretty good luck with B&B chunks. The pecan has become my default wood for smoking in a Weber kettle.
          Last edited by Steve R.; July 14, 2020, 08:04 PM.
      • johnec00
        Charter Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 573
        • Orlando, Florida
        • Equipment:
          '88 Vintage Fire Magic gasser with over 3000 cooks to its credit
          18 Inch Weber Kettle (Rescued from neighbor's trash)
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          2X Thermoworks cooking thermometer
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          LEM grinder, sausage stuffer and meat slicer (all gifts)

          Favorite Beer:
          Key West Wheat

        The best I've found around here is from Publix Supermarket. The brand is Fire and Flavor. The box stores offerings tend to be oddly shaped and the bag contains a lot of chips and bark. The Fire and Flavor lump charcoal is also quite good (at least compared to Cowboy and/or Royal Oak which seem the most common around here).


        • Red Man
          Club Member
          • May 2018
          • 1033
          • Western Washington

          I usually buy online from fruita wood. Their chunks are great!


          • Santamarina
            Club Member
            • Aug 2018
            • 734
            • Wildomar, CA

            Find a local wood source and cut chunks the size you need. Just be warned: those chunks will keep getting bigger until you’re running a stickburner! 🔥😎🔥


            • HawkerXP
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 5519
              • Virginia
              • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
                Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
                Slo n Sear
                Cold beer

              Talking to and cooking for neighbors and friends about BBQ excessively has gotten me some wood, cherry and apple from neighbors who were cutting down a tree and oak from a friend. I've bought from HD and found it satisfactory. Best score was some hickory and cherry from Mudkat at our last Va meatup.


              • HawkerXP
                HawkerXP commented
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                A little goes a long way unless you have a stick burner.

              • Mudkat
                Mudkat commented
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                Ah, Meatups.... remember when...

                Glad you’re enjoying them HawkerXP!
            • cgrover60
              Club Member
              • Mar 2016
              • 387
              • Albuquerque NM

              Amazon carries a decent selection from Western Barbecue Products.



              • jfmorris
                Club Member
                • Nov 2017
                • 3038
                • Huntsville, Alabama
                • Jim Morris

                  • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
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                  • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
                  • Thermoworks Dot
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                  • Thermoworks RT600C
                  • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                I used to buy bags of chunks from Home Depot or Lowes. A lot of variation in size in those. Last time I stocked up on wood chunks, it was at Academy, as they sell B&B charcoal and wood chunks. Been very happy with the B&B charcoal and chunks - I keep a selection of hickory, post oak, cherry and apple.


                • xaugievike
                  Club Member
                  • Jan 2017
                  • 651
                  • Chicagoland
                  • Weber Genesis 300 series
                    Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
                    Weber Performer w/SNS
                    Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
                    Ooni Pro Pizza oven

                  I go to a local landscape supply store that stocks firewood of multispeices (oak, hickory, etc) and buy a bundle there. take it home, make mini splits and then chop 'em into chunks. $15 bundle lasts me a couple years.


                  • Rod
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2015
                    • 628
                    • Phoenix, AZ
                    • Weber Genesis S330 with GrillGrates
                      Weber Performer with SnS, DnG and Pit Viper mod
                      Weber 26" kettle with SnS and Pit Viper mod
                      Blackstone 36" SS griddle

                      Thermoworks Smoke
                      Thermoworks MK4
                      Maverick ET-732

                      Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.



                    • labbq
                      Club Member
                      • Sep 2018
                      • 3

                      You can order wood chunks online from The Woodshed in OC here:

                      Great selection and quality.


                      • TripleB
                        TripleB commented
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                        If you've ever been to a BBQ competition down in So. Cal, look for the woodshed tent. Their either competing and/or selling, but the young ladies they have in their booths are pretty special.



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