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Unread 11-17-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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So I have yet to get my WSM (prolly get me one for a xmas present) but I have been looking around to see where I can get wood fairly cheap. Now I have the luxury of working at a technical college where we have a cabinetmaking and millworking program. I actually went through the course a year ago and they have a really nice setup. In the lab they have a bin for scraps that are too small to do anything important with. They dump this bin every week in the dumpster, however they allow anybody that wants to grab scrap for firewood to do so for free.

Now I know that some lumber is chemically treated but all of the stuff they work with and require students to bring in is rough, untreated lumber. So I'm guessing that as long as I'm careful and can identify anything that may be treated that this stuff would be just as good as anything I could get anyplace else, correct? I mean they basically take a rough sawn board from a tree, run it through a planer & jointer, cut it down to size and then pitch the scraps so it should be safe to use. It would just be some of the prettiest looking firewood I'll ever use.

I have poked around in the bin a couple of times and seen lots of oak, not as much cherry, some walnut and a rare hickory piece. Lots of crappy pine and poplar to sort out and they keep the plywood in a separate bin so no worries there.

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Unread 11-17-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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As long as you can be certain that it wasn't treated and what type of wood it is, then by all means you can use it! I'd stock up if I was you! Free is even better.

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Sounds like a great opportunity to me.
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So I have yet to get my WSM (prolly get me one for a xmas present) but I have been looking around to see where I can get wood fairly cheap. Now I have the luxury of working at a technical college where we have a cabinetmaking and millworking program. I actually went through the course a year ago and they have a really nice setup. In the lab they have a bin for scraps that are too small to do anything important with. They dump this bin every week in the dumpster, however they allow anybody that wants to grab scrap for firewood to do so for free.

Now I know that some lumber is chemically treated but all of the stuff they work with and require students to bring in is rough, untreated lumber. So I'm guessing that as long as I'm careful and can identify anything that may be treated that this stuff would be just as good as anything I could get anyplace else, correct? I mean they basically take a rough sawn board from a tree, run it through a planer & jointer, cut it down to size and then pitch the scraps so it should be safe to use. It would just be some of the prettiest looking firewood I'll ever use.

I have poked around in the bin a couple of times and seen lots of oak, not as much cherry, some walnut and a rare hickory piece. Lots of crappy pine and poplar to sort out and they keep the plywood in a separate bin so no worries there.

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The only thing I would worry about is how dry it is. If I recall, wood used for furniture is normally around 5-7%. If that is the case, you are going to find that it’s going to want to burn more than smoke.

My best suggestion is to bring some home once you get your WSM and give it a shot on a couple of fatties. If it works out, grab as much as you can get your hands on.
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I'm using a lot of hickory scrap that I get from my buddy's hardwood flooring company. It is clean and kiln dried to about 6% moisture content. It is great and burns super clean. Get all that scrap wood that you can, it is good stuff.
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get it, use it, enjoy it!!!
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