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Old 04-24-2013, 02:41 PM   #31
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not all pellets are 100% wood, some have fillers

also, some pellets are not 100% the wood they say they are. Some have other wood mixed in for filler. Some have ash in them, with the hickory etc

You have to read the bag
True. But pellets that are made for BBQ use are 100% wood. heating pellets can have fillers, glues, machine oils, etc. in them and are not food safe.

Just like charcoal or logs/splits/chunks/chips there are different qualities available. Cheap charcoal may have filler, flooring boards, etc. and logs, etc. may have mold or fungus or pesticides. Buy a quality product from a reputable source and you won't have any problems.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:43 PM   #32
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For me the answer is no, you may have other considerations we don't know about.
I guess I'm a purest at heart, the simpler the better.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:46 PM   #33
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True. But pellets that are made for BBQ use are 100% wood. heating pellets can have fillers, glues, machine oils, etc. in them and are not food safe.

Just like charcoal or logs/splits/chunks/chips there are different qualities available. Cheap charcoal may have filler, flooring boards, etc. and logs, etc. may have mold or fungus or pesticides. Buy a quality product from a reputable source and you won't have any problems.
not true.

look at the pellets made by Little Chef for their smokers. Look on the bag next time you are in the store. they sell them in all the sprting goods stores, Gander, Bass Pro, Cabelas etc

sure a quality pellet is 100% wood, but not all of them are quality is all I am saying
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:50 PM   #34
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^^^^are those wood chips you are talking about?
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^^^^are those wood chips you are talking about?
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not true.

look at the pellets made by Little Chef for their smokers. Look on the bag next time you are in the store. they sell them in all the sprting goods stores, Gander, Bass Pro, Cabelas etc

sure a quality pellet is 100% wood, but not all of them are quality is all I am saying
As I said. Buy a quality product. It's no different than charcoal, logs, chunks or chips. This is not a reason to not use a pellet cooker. You can get bad fuel for any cooker.
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I'd like to point out I wasn't saying (in my earlier post) that I think pellet cookers are inferior. I've never cooked on one. But I'm a firm believer in the cook not the cooker. So when the guy told me the pellet cooker could bbq my stumps baby under the table it just showed his ignorance.
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While quality pellets are 100% wood the question in my mind it "what wood?" Digging around the Traeger site does not reveal the actual composition only that;
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100% hardwood, 1" long or less in length, 1/4" diameter, less than 2% ash content, less than 2% fines, 10% moisture content, 8500 BTU's per lb, and about 40 lbs per cubic ft. density
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are made exclusively from natural food-grade hardwoods and are free of contaminants such as chemicals, petroleum, dirt or sand, or corrosion-causing salt from wood harvested from coastal areas
A bit more digging on the web indicates Traeger pellets composition is more like;
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Mesquite or Hickory 100% base wood (alder or oak) with flavor oils no actual Mesquite or Hickory wood in the pellet

Apple, Pecan or Cherry 70% base wood 30% Apple, Pecan or Cherry wood
Maple 100% Maple wood
Alder on the west coast is 100% Alder on east coast 70% oak 30% Alder
Oak on the east coast is 100% Oak on the west coast 70% Alder 30% Oak
Not making a judgment one way or another but something to consider.
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Not making a judgment one way or another but something to consider.
Yeah... Good point. There are pellets available that are 100% flavor wood, like Hickory or cherry if you prefer that. Also, there are pellets that use a base of oak and then flavor wood. The oak gives off more heat so you burn fewer pellets and the flavor wood adds the accent smoke. It's a matter or preference.
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This is getting better then the aluminum boat verses fiberglass boat discussion on the fishing boards. I need a bucket of popcorn and a few beers please.
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sorry my point was just that all pellets are not created equal.

And fiberglass is better than a tuna can

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Mesquite or Hickory 100&#37; base wood (alder or oak) with flavor oils no actual Mesquite or Hickory wood in the pellet

Apple, Pecan or Cherry 70% base wood 30% Apple, Pecan or Cherry wood
Maple 100% Maple wood
Alder on the west coast is 100% Alder on east coast 70% oak 30% Alder
Oak on the east coast is 100% Oak on the west coast 70% Alder 30% Oak
Yep, that's the same as using logs from my Alder/Oak hybrid tree in the backyard. It's a 50/50 hybrid since it's a first generation. The next generation will be 75/25, which should be close enough to the appropriate Traeger Authentic BBQ ratio.

My next project is to get a 50gal drum of "flavor oils" and start soaking some oak logs, so I can get that genuine Pecan flavor.
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My next project is to get a 50gal drum of "flavor oils" and start soaking some oak logs, so I can get that genuine Pecan flavor.
Good for you! Pecan is SO hard to find in Texas!
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Good for you! Pecan is SO hard to find in Texas!
I used to use pecan all the time. But it has become harder and harder to find in my area, consequently the price going up. So several years ago I switched to using a mix of oak and hickory. Both are plentiful around my parts. I've been very pleased with the results. Oak burns HOT!
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I used to use pecan all the time. But it has become harder and harder to find in my area, consequently the price going up.
Seriously? That sucks!
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