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Unread 10-07-2012, 06:47 AM   #16
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seems crazy high to me. but beggars cant be choosers. and if ur smoker doesnt hold heat well...thats gonna be a costly cook
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Unread 10-07-2012, 07:00 AM   #17
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Find a saw mill close by. If they have hickory in your area they sell the left over odd size cuts and slabs cheap. I use cherry and hickory and fortunatly my cooking partner has a tree to fall every once in a while and I get mine for free. I have a friend who cuts fire wood for a living give me two pick up loads of hickory slabs last week....Of course it takes a lot of fuel to keep Bertha going.......I would find a orchard and saw mill if I were looking for a cheap source for wood.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 10:29 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by lilburnjoe View Post
Highway robbery ? Not likely! You may want to stop and consider all the time and labor it takes to prepare a box of smoking wood in 3, 6, and 12 inch pieces. It's a lot of sawing and chopping. Consistent sizes give better burn rates and a superior smoke. Plus figure in the cost of equipment. I find the cost quite reasonable. Comparing the cost of a cord of wood to a box of smoking wood is just plain ignorant!
My stick burner burns two wheelborrow loads of wood for a normal over-night cook, at that cost of $15 a square foot it would cost me well over a hundred bucks a cook. He asked about wood for a stickburner, not a WSM or UDS. Even an ECB will burn a couple cubic feet per cook. Buying wood for stickburners at that cost is simply ridiculous.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 03:07 PM   #19
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There should be a lot of native scrub oak trees in the area. Down in SW Colorado there is a species of maple that is common. Either of those might be a good choice.

I don't know about aspen for a stickburner, but there is certainly a lot of that around the area.

If you can find an apple orchard, that would be great.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 04:21 PM   #20
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Google firewood or cooking wood in Denver and you will find quite a few places all showing lower prices that what you were quoted. I'd also check with the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association and see who they recommend and if there are any discounts available.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 10:32 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by javahog2002 View Post
Found an ad for wood here in Colorado.

Hickory, Oak, Pecan, or Cherry

Chunks: 10 lbs for $10.00
16 inch log splits for $15.00 per Cubic foot

Normally, I use charcoal in the offset. However, I would like to try some stick burning.

Is this price too high for the splits ?

I am sure it's higher than Texas and other BBQ hotbeds in the south.
Yes that High I live in Alaska so I have to ship the wood up and I pay just a bit more then that. To see what I pay for wood that is shipped to Alaska and of course the supplier is making money look here.
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