The Food Smokers thread

Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by hsvguy, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. Dorsalroot55

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    Noob charcoal stick-burner question regarding the species of wood. So far I've learnt since the smoke is touching the meat that you can't use any wood.

    I've read that ironbark can be used but it's not a fruit tree.

    Where can I source from? Anyone who knows who is selling smoker wood?

    Would using lump charcoal + bagged wood chip be the best method?
     
  2. hairy

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    my mate uses ironbark only for all his smoking.
    I use charcoal and chips added.
    try both and see what you prefer.
    I don't want wood hanging around my house in case of termites etc.
     
  3. Dorsalroot55

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    Do you soak the chips for half an hour. Also, where do you get them?

    I was at Bunning's the other day and saw a Char Griller Deluxe and fell down the rabbit hole looking at different utoob vids about stick-burners.

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/char-griller-deluxe_p3180388

    Char-Griller Deluxe Side Fire Box

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/char-griller-deluxe-side-fire-box_p3170924

    I thought I would get something cheap n nasty just to dip my toe in the water and if I don't get into it, not a huge loss. Like I did look at thousand dollars stick-burners online, but I reeled myself back into reality. What if I only ever use it once or twice and then it turns to rust?
     
  4. PabloEscobar

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    You can get woodchips for smoking from bunnings.

    I don't soak. All soaking does is stop the smoke from starting earlier, (the woodchips wont combust until the water has evaporated) and you want as much smoke as possible while the meat is still relatively cool. (For the wanky smoke ring mainly).
     
  5. Dorsalroot55

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    ^ Thx dude :)
     
  6. sgtraven

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    where are you located?

    Iron Bark, Redgum, most of the gum trees
     
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    I'm not convinced of this, I don't like the taste when gum is used. I use almond wood myself.
     
  8. Dorsalroot55

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    Lithgow.

    Currently, source firewood from Good Earth.

    http://www.good-earth.com.au/

    $300 for 'mix' and $350 for ironbark/ton. Ironbark is longer burning I've found. I just assumed (literally just started learning about cooking via low n slow) that you "needed" the species to be from a fruit-bearing tree. I have no idea why though.

    All I've learnt is not to use pine because it causes too much creosote. I'm guessing it has too much sap?

    If I ever get into it will snap pics for others to drool over :D
     
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    Cherrywood is the tits, but i'm not sure it's easy to get in wood form.
     
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    yes, resinous woods are not the go. I'm currently running applewood, a friend pulled a tree out and I offered to make it go away for him.
     
  12. NanoDuke

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    Fuck. Summer is here and I still haven't set up my smoker.
    Can anyone recommend a wired thermometer that I can purchase today? I won't exactly say "Money is no object", but I'm pretty close to it.
     
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  14. Stooge007

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    as in you want it in your hands today?

    i don't think delivery of my Maverick took very long from Amazon UK
     
  15. mmBax

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    Maverick, all day.

    I'm still on my original set of batteries after about 10+ cooks and usually have it on the entire time so 10+ hours per cook. ET-732 I think I have. Paid around 90-100 bucks. Should be able to get them locally though.
     
  16. Stooge007

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    yeah, think i have the ET-732 as well, top units :)
     
  17. brettmo86

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    I got a maverick dual probe thermometer from bbqs galore brick and mortar store if you have one nearby.
    Cost me like $70 from memory. For closer to $100 you can get the bluetooth model.
     
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    Which smoker did you get?
     
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  19. NanoDuke

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    Don't need it today, but need to act on it soon.
    Just the Aldi knockoff smoker.

    Maverick looks good. Cheers guys.
     
  20. Lupuscrux

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    I have the ET-735, works well but the blue tooth has a real short range talking 3-4mtrs, luckily my smoker is set up just out side my computer rooms window so it has not been to bad.
     

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