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Old 05-14-2009, 10:45 AM   #31
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JD chips smell good but cost too much.

Try a 50/50 blend of mesquite and pecan chips for grilling (anything). Its cheap, smells great and the flavor is pure south Texas.

Just my opinion.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:27 AM   #32
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As some of you may know, I work for Lowe's.

My store carries the 1/2 whiskey barrels as does HD. If your local store carries them then just start watching the inventory. Towards the end of summer when the barrels have dried out further, they will start to collapse. They are stored upside down and stacked but there is always one or two that are upright with nothing in them.

When this happens the associates will thow them in a dumpster. You can pic them up dirt cheap when this happens.....and it does happen...every year. While the barrels are in the collapsing condition, make an offer and explain that you plan to burn them.

I think I paid $10 for the last one that I bought with a few collapsed staves. The barrels can easily be repaired by wetting them but the associates really do not have the time to do what is required.

I have used the staves in the past. The only thing that is a concern to me is the staves that make up the bottoms of the barrels. The tounge and groove joints and the bottom of the barrels are coated with some kind of waxy substance when they are put together, probably to keep them from leaking but it makes the staves burn black. I don't use the wood from the bottoms at all any longer.

The last time I threw a couple of chunks of staves from the walls of the barrels in the fire they seemed to burn black also. I have kinda stopped using them since that happend.

Now that the stack I have is two or three years old I may try them again.

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Old 05-14-2009, 11:57 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Redwingsfn31 View Post
Years ago I worked at a store that sold used half whiskey barrels in the summer outside in the garden center. They sold very cheap, but what about buying some of those and cutting them up for smoking. Most people who would buy them would use them for planting or decoration.

I think that you must be cautious with those...most seen to have been
treated/ way to tell is ask, another is to look at the
bottom. If it appears diferent than the stave wod, then pass.

Better safe than sorry.
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:16 PM   #34
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i sure would not use them. to risky. you never know what they threw in them when they are sitting around. could you imagine liquid round up. no thank you. ill spend the extra dough.
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