Originally Posted by dmprantz
Doesn't wood ash turn to lye in certain situations?
Originally Posted by bigabyte
Hmmm... I better not eat it then!
I'm only doing that one to see if thre really is any factor from the wood ash in the smoke ring. The only way that piece of meat could possibly get a smoke ring is from the ash.
That's right - the traditional situation where wood as turns to lye is when it is exposed to animal fat - as in making lye soap.
I would worry about this chemical reaction more than I would worry about galvanized steel in my cooking chamber.
I'm enjoyed reading your findings!