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cardiac_cadet002 05-26-2009 04:07 PM

question for you stickburners!
 
In my offset, I plan on using a bed of coal then adding sticks for fuel. My question is will I still need to add unheated wood for flavor, such as cherry, hickory, etc. or will the wood I'm using as fuel impart a smokey flavor? KC Quers roadmap answered all my questions on how to get started, 'cept this one:-D

Saiko 05-26-2009 04:18 PM

Well, I USED to be a stick burner till I got old and lazy, so I can help. But yes, the wood you use for fuel is both your heat source AND your source of smokey flavor. You could combine woods just like you would using wood chunks with charcoal, like half hickory for a stronger smokey flavor and half fruit wood for a lighter flavor. I typically would just use a fruit wood, mainly wild cherry cause it grows locally here. I see you're in Tennesee, so hickory will be plentiful, plus I'm sure you can get some wild cherry here and there.

It helps to preheat your wood, so if your offset has a flat firebox top, just lay your wood on top and let it heat there.

Arlin_MacRae 05-26-2009 04:23 PM

Yep - what Saiko said.

And...
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Originally Posted by Saiko (Post 934522)
It helps to preheat your wood, so if your offset has a flat firebox top, just lay your wood on top and let it heat there.

Don't forget to keep an eye on your 'pre-heating' - it will busrt into flame while you're in the bathroom! :rolleyes:

Saiko 05-26-2009 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arlin_MacRae (Post 934531)
Don't forget to keep an eye on your 'pre-heating' - it will busrt into flame while you're in the bathroom! :rolleyes:

Yeppers, been there and done that. :-D

Also, I forgot to add. I don't know if you have a good source of wood, but if not, make friends with the tree service guys in your area. They have to haul off everything they cut, and usually don't mind at all if you swing by and take some off their hands. Tell them you'll cook them up some que now and then if they will help you out.

bbqbull 05-26-2009 04:38 PM

I agree with Saiko and Arlin said.

cardiac_cadet002 05-26-2009 05:13 PM

Thx guys for the advice. I do have plenty of wood out in the back 40, so thats no prob. I'll be sure to set the pit by the bathroom window to keep an eye on things :-P

Divemaster 05-26-2009 05:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arlin_MacRae (Post 934531)
Yep - what Saiko said.

And...


Don't forget to keep an eye on your 'pre-heating' - it will busrt into flame while you're in the bathroom! :rolleyes:

I agree... I too have been there and done that, just don't ask me how I know that or when I done it...

big brother smoke 05-26-2009 05:34 PM

Ditto what they said!

Westexbbq 05-26-2009 07:16 PM

I am already old and semi-lazy but still use my stickburner regularly and I too agree with all per above.
Enjoy.

gtsum 05-26-2009 11:19 PM

When I had mine, I used oak and hickory logs (you need to get in contact with a local tree guy or a firewood guy...they are the best sources for wood). You will get the heat and the smoke you are looking for, no doubt.

early mornin' smokin' 05-27-2009 07:13 AM

where can i find kcquers roadmap?

cardiac_cadet002 05-27-2009 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by early mornin' smokin' (Post 934939)
where can i find kcquers roadmap?

In the sticky portion of the Q Talk forum, located 3rd down from top. Plenty of good threads listed by topic

Saiko 05-27-2009 07:50 AM

Cardiac, I meant to ask you earlier, what kind of wood do you currently have available?

cardiac_cadet002 05-27-2009 07:54 AM

Pecan, wild cherry, apple, and and all the hickory I could ever hope to use

Saiko 05-27-2009 08:02 AM

Wow, you are golden then! Experiment around with different combinations and see what you like best. The only time I use all hickory is when I do pork shoulder, I like a real deep smokey flavor in pulled pork. I prefer the taste of stick burners to be honest, I just don't have as much time to tend a fire and clean out smokers as I used to. Make sure you take some pics when you fire it up!


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