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AKMIMNAK
12-04-2017, 09:20 PM
Apologies, I'm sure this question has been answered a thousand times on here. But I can't figure out how to find out where!

Planning to pick up an awesome used stick burner here in Minneapolis this weekend, and will need a good supplier for splits. I have the option to order some local Red/White Oak. But I'd like to know what my options are for ordering woods we don't have growing around here like Pecan and Hickory, or what national big box stores have good deals on quality smoker wood. It's my first time owning a stick burner, and we just moved here and I've never lived in an area with big box store options before, hence the ignorance on this point.

Preciatecha.

SmittyJonz
12-04-2017, 09:20 PM
Craigslist. Tons of Oak up there. Around here all the Grocery Stores sell wood Bundles but it not Cost Effecient but you could supplement the Oak with some.

sudsandswine
12-04-2017, 11:04 PM
How big is your smoker and what size splits are required? It might be cost prohibitive to ship if we're talking standard 16" long splits or whatever, but there's certainly nothing wrong with using oak - I've found it to be a great wood for all kinds of meat.

I ran some rough calculations on what the hardware stores sell "bags" of smaller splits for and it's like $1200+ per cord when bought in that quantity. No thanks!

Rockinar
12-04-2017, 11:37 PM
Keep in mind that all wood bought in stores will be kiln dried (required by law). It's brutally expensive compared to buying a cord of wood, it burns fast and lacks a in flavor. Upside is it's convenient and it burns consistent.

Other than that I would look on Craigslist. Oak is THE wood we use in Texas. Good mild flavor thats not over powering.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/for/d/firewood-seasoned-100-premium/6398088134.html

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/csw/for/d/dry-oak-firewood-delivered/6366566366.html


Heres a guy selling full splits of kiln dried oak. I'd be tempted by this. One trip and you have a year supply at a reasonable price ($375), it's 100% dry so no picking through your stack finding the best dry pieces, no waiting for it to season.

Hes a ways from you but you only need one trip...

https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/grd/d/kiln-dried-firewood-bulk/6404675991.html

SmoothBoarBBQ
12-05-2017, 01:01 AM
Looking around on Craigslist there's a ton of oak in your area, but most of it says "mixed hardwoods." That's not necessarily bad but when you do call up make sure to let them know you're looking for wood for your smoker so they know not to give you any spruce or fir. Anyways, when searching Craigslist, just search firewood and you'll find plenty of wood available immediately.

Here's a decent enough list showing what's good and safe for BBQ.
http://www.bbqdan.com/grilling/wood_for_grilling.html

Kind of surprised there's not more maple in your area, but oak is great. Personally the smell of red oak makes me nauseous so to each their own, but white oak is much more preferred in my opinion.

Again, personal preference, but I would stay away from kiln dried simply because the moisture content is so low that you're not going to get much, if any, flavor from the wood. Sure it burns immediately when you put it on the fire and it gives an even heat, but the whole point of burning sticks is to get the flavor of wood.

Good luck with your new smoker and I hope it all works out.

Edit : I just saw that you asked about options for non-local woods in your area and unless you're willing to spend a ton of money the options are going to be limited. When I got my first stickburner I bought a 50Lb box of apple wood from www.fruitawood.com It was great wood but wow was it expensive... small 50Lb box cost over $100 when shipping was included. BBQ is meant to be simple and you have access to oak, which is a great wood with which to cook, so I think you'll be just fine.

Czarbecue
12-05-2017, 05:41 AM
Congratulations! I guess you’ll update the other thread once the cooker is in your patio and rolling in thin blue smoke.

Mikhail
12-05-2017, 09:27 AM
Does the type of oak make a difference? Texas has mostly Post and Live oaks, Minnesota has Burr, Pin, Red, White... is there a difference in the flavor?

bonz50
12-05-2017, 09:43 AM
I live right on the IL/WI border which isn't terribly south of you, in this climate range all oaks are pretty farkin abundant. as long as its seasoned well you'll be fine.

as others have mentioned, I would use oak as my base fuel and augment with pecan/hickory/apple as needed. Pecan and Hickory are difficult to find here but is available for me from my dad down in AL and he brings it up for me when he comes to visit. If I ever get the chance I'm having my dad load up a full cord of pecan and I'll burn that exclusively for a season to see how I like it.

AKMIMNAK
12-05-2017, 03:17 PM
Congratulations! I guess you’ll update the other thread once the cooker is in your patio and rolling in thin blue smoke.

I certainly hope so! First have to get a Uhaul and a couple buddies to move this thing, then have to wait on warmer temps. We're headed for single digits and teens....

LYU370
12-05-2017, 05:43 PM
I live right on the IL/WI border which isn't terribly south of you, in this climate range all oaks are pretty farkin abundant. as long as its seasoned well you'll be fine.

as others have mentioned, I would use oak as my base fuel and augment with pecan/hickory/apple as needed. Pecan and Hickory are difficult to find here but is available for me from my dad down in AL and he brings it up for me when he comes to visit. If I ever get the chance I'm having my dad load up a full cord of pecan and I'll burn that exclusively for a season to see how I like it.

Try A1 Country Firewood down near Chinatown in Chicago or Windy City Wood Products, also in Chicago I believe.

WeberWho
12-05-2017, 07:56 PM
I bought a half cord earlier this summer from this guy below. Half oak, half cherry. Nice guy to work with.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/for/d/oak-firewood/6410793249.html

https://s18.postimg.org/gkyf7da2t/20171124_120949-2.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/gkyf7da2t/)

WeberWho
12-05-2017, 07:59 PM
Hickory and Cherry:

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/grd/d/hickory-and-cherry-firewood/6364279466.html

SMetroHawkeye
12-05-2017, 08:12 PM
Thanks AKMIMNAK - your timing is impeccable. I was exploring the same, and CL seems to be the best option, especially in the SouthMetro. Thanks to those who posted a few of the links!

SmallBlockMuscle
12-06-2017, 09:19 AM
I get cherry and oak from Cody Espeseth 218-839-8266. I have been happy with it and hes in Hopkins. He will deliver and stack for free

AKMIMNAK
12-06-2017, 02:15 PM
I get cherry and oak from Cody Espeseth 218-839-8266. I have been happy with it and hes in Hopkins. He will deliver and stack for free

Saw him on Craigslist, thanks for the personal referral! Just texted the number and will wait to hear back. Appreciate your input.

WeberWho
12-06-2017, 03:02 PM
Can I ask what he gets for a facecord?

AKMIMNAK
12-08-2017, 04:47 PM
Can I ask what he gets for a facecord?

$249 is what he quoted me, delivered and stacked

AKMIMNAK
12-08-2017, 05:03 PM
I bought a half cord earlier this summer from this guy below. Half oak, half cherry. Nice guy to work with.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/for/d/oak-firewood/6410793249.html

https://s18.postimg.org/gkyf7da2t/20171124_120949-2.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/gkyf7da2t/)

I'm going with him, so thanks very much for the recommendation! If you want me to tell him your name and that you referred me I'm willing.

AKMIMNAK
12-08-2017, 05:04 PM
The irony of my current level achieved on this forum is not lost upon this thread, as I actually am "lookin for wood to cook with." :)

SmittyJonz
12-08-2017, 05:16 PM
I'm going with him, so thanks very much for the recommendation! If you want me to tell him your name and that you referred me I'm willing.

His ad says seasoned 2 years - I’d try to get some at 1 - 1.5 year if possible.

Highlife4me
12-08-2017, 06:14 PM
Hickory and Cherry:

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/grd/d/hickory-and-cherry-firewood/6364279466.html
I just bought a pickup load from here, super nice guy and will be buying from him again.

Cook
12-08-2017, 06:43 PM
If you have a supply of Red Oak, don't complain about the lack of diversity. That'll do ya just fine. Don't knock the White Oak either, but Red is fighting for the lead in the oak family.

I do love Pecan, but I usually mix that with Oak also. I prefer to use either of those...or a mix of those.

WeberWho
12-08-2017, 06:53 PM
I'm going with him, so thanks very much for the recommendation! If you want me to tell him your name and that you referred me I'm willing.

Good deal! My name is Vincent from Shakopee. He might remember me buying it for my smoker.

AKMIMNAK
12-12-2017, 04:34 PM
A final update for you Minnesota brethren: the guy that WeberWho recommended was awesome. Cheaper than most Minneapolis options even after paying $20 for him to deliver beyond his usual area. He's in Prescott, WI and brought me a mix of mostly red oak and cherry. My bin is four feet high and a hair under seven wide, so he mounded me up. Super nice guy, hard worker, knows hardwoods due to his real job, and super fast at unloading and stacking. Highly recommend.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/for/d/oak-firewood/6410793249.html

SmallBlockMuscle
12-12-2017, 04:42 PM
Good info, when are you going to try it? Good price too

AKMIMNAK
12-12-2017, 05:03 PM
Good info, when are you going to try it? Good price too

It's 20 degrees here and we have a baby nine days overdue. So..... Hopefully Saturday :)

SmallBlockMuscle
12-13-2017, 07:58 AM
It's 20 degrees here and we have a baby nine days overdue. So..... Hopefully Saturday :)

I'm in the west burbs so I hear ya, well not on the kid part!

PnkPanther
12-13-2017, 10:35 AM
A final update for you Minnesota brethren: the guy that WeberWho recommended was awesome. Cheaper than most Minneapolis options even after paying $20 for him to deliver beyond his usual area. He's in Prescott, WI and brought me a mix of mostly red oak and cherry. My bin is four feet high and a hair under seven wide, so he mounded me up. Super nice guy, hard worker, knows hardwoods due to his real job, and super fast at unloading and stacking. Highly recommend.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/for/d/oak-firewood/6410793249.html


Are you stacking it in your garage? watch out for mice

WeberWho
12-13-2017, 11:27 AM
Good deal Akmimnak. Congrats on the future little one! You are right on point with the guy selling the wood. He's a good guy. I have a smaller electric splitter if you need to borrow one for any bigger pieces. Just give a yell.

roncoinc
12-13-2017, 03:26 PM
Wow,,looking at the prices out there it seems wood dont grow on trees !! :)