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tmcmaster
11-30-2009, 01:47 AM
Where is the best place to score quality wood (for us stick burners) in either chunk or log, if a local source is not available?

Thanks!

DMDon
11-30-2009, 01:59 AM
Two ideas.
1. put a wanted ad in Craigslist
2. make a deal with a local tree trimmer and trade him some Q for wood

I've done both.

tmcmaster
11-30-2009, 02:07 AM
Thanks DMDon! What was the result of the craigslist ad? I am a little skeptical/nervous about using the word 'wood' on there... For fear of the pervs...

DMDon
11-30-2009, 02:38 AM
I just said that I was looking for apple, cherry, hickory wood for burning in my bbq pit. I got a truck load of cherry for $40

Gowan
11-30-2009, 03:06 AM
Another thought: One of my teammates works for a distributor that provides all sorts of BBQ-related products to pool and patio stores nationwide, including bagged smoke wood chunks. Could be worth checking your local yellow pages and making a couple phone calls, especially if you are looking for varieties not easily found locally like peach, sugar maple, etc.

Bagged chunks will be more expensive than finding a local wood man though. Good luck!

tmcmaster
11-30-2009, 03:18 AM
Just posted an ad on Craigs... heres hoping... Thanks!

Lake Dogs
11-30-2009, 07:59 AM
We found that doitbest.com seems to have bags of chunks as reasonable as anyone
with no shipping costs as they "deliver" it to a local hardware store in your area...

However, I'd try the craigslist first. Also, having learned the hard way myself, make
certain that your wood identification skills are sharp. If not, you may end up burning
some strange/bizarre wood (with a very skunky flavor) being sold as Hickory or
Pecan...

NorthwestBBQ
11-30-2009, 09:17 AM
www.doitbest.com only sells chips not chunks.

Mr Applejacks
11-30-2009, 12:36 PM
I tried craig's also without any response but the tree guy's have access to a variety of wood and they really don't care about like we do. They just chip it up. I just approached a real nice tree guy and he's given me more wood than I can burn and he turned out to be a customer in the process

jestridge
11-30-2009, 05:56 PM
Do you have any saw mills close by lot of time they have slabs for free. Wish you close by I get all the wood I want from a hickory furniture factory, also my BLI logs. I will never by wood. lol

Bbq Bubba
11-30-2009, 06:09 PM
Tim, find out where your buds by their firewood. They'll usually have fruitwoods also. :biggrin:

Cast Iron Chef
11-30-2009, 06:22 PM
Another thought: One of my teammates works for a distributor that provides all sorts of BBQ-related products to pool and patio stores nationwide, including bagged smoke wood chunks. Could be worth checking your local yellow pages and making a couple phone calls, especially if you are looking for varieties not easily found locally like peach, sugar maple, etc.

Bagged chunks will be more expensive than finding a local wood man though. Good luck!

Can you reveal the name of the distributer? Lots of pool and pation places here but no good sources for fruit woods since BBQ Galore left the city. I just ordered some from a place in Maine.

Lake Dogs
11-30-2009, 06:31 PM
www.doitbest.com (http://www.doitbest.com) only sells chips not chunks.

http://doitbest.com/Grill+Flavoring_+Spices_+and+Sauces-Barbeque+Wood+Flavor-model-60026-doitbest-sku-804908.dib

I dont know... I purchased 10 bags of Hickory, Apple, and Cherry that
say "chunks" on the bags. The "chips" in them are about the size of
my fist+-

monty3777
11-30-2009, 09:15 PM
I'm certain you have a lumber mill in close proximity. They will gladly get rid of all non furniture grade logs. I can get 800 lbs for around $50 here in Iowa.

jestridge
11-30-2009, 09:36 PM
If you could find someone that cuts timbers, they would should give you all the trimming you want

NorthwestBBQ
11-30-2009, 10:22 PM
http://doitbest.com/Grill+Flavoring_+Spices_+and+Sauces-Barbeque+Wood+Flavor-model-60026-doitbest-sku-804908.dib

I dont know... I purchased 10 bags of Hickory, Apple, and Cherry that
say "chunks" on the bags. The "chips" in them are about the size of
my fist+-

Thanks Lake! I could not find that. I am definately going to get some if they will ship to my local store.

quad150db
12-01-2009, 10:22 AM
I wish i could find a local supply for hard wood but here in South Florida there is nothing..!!


Does anyone here have an opinion on the wood chunks from doitbest.com there 10# bags of cherry and apple are decent in price and I can ship them to a local store I deal with allot for free...

Thanks for any information.

Lake Dogs
12-01-2009, 11:23 AM
RE: doitbest.com I've been pretty happy with them. The wood is fine, and you
cant beat the no-shipping costs. The delivery was significantly faster than I'd
expected.

KC_Bobby
12-01-2009, 11:58 AM
I just said that I was looking for apple, cherry, hickory wood for burning in my bbq pit. I got a truck load of cherry for $40

Speaking of that, bring some of the bigger cherry logs down at Christmas so I can get them into the garage and chunk them for next season.

BruceB
12-01-2009, 11:58 AM
I have used doitbest here in Michigan also and have been very happy with their wood. Delivery to the local store was pretty quick also.

rksylves
12-02-2009, 11:36 AM
I've used DoItBest before and scored some really nice cherry, apple, and oak chunks. Had it shipped to St.Cloud (I'm in Melbourne) and the guy there told me that he was very happy for me to have it shipped there. Evidently the store gets some sort of 'credit' for the sale and at the end of the year he gets a bonus based on store credits. He said to please continue doing it that way.

I checked the website a few days ago and they didn't have any cherry or apple so it appears that they don't always have all the different types. I had to go back to Chuck's to get the wood and pay the shipping. Grrr....

Russ

quad150db
12-05-2009, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the replys I think i am going to place an order today and test out do it best..

feltrider99
12-05-2009, 04:56 PM
I made friends with the owner of an apple orchard. He lets me take as much apple (usually in small pieces) as I want. He has several piles scattered over the orchard where they dump dead trees and the yearly trimmings that aren't sold as firewood. It is usually not very pretty wood, but I can cut it into small chunks very easily. (He also lets me come in and pick up as many ground apples as I want for making fresh pressed apple juice in the fall!)

Candy Sue
12-05-2009, 05:21 PM
Can you reveal the name of the distributer? Lots of pool and pation places here but no good sources for fruit woods since BBQ Galore left the city. I just ordered some from a place in Maine.

They have good stuff! Not too expensive (relatively speaking) considering it is coming from Maine.

Neil
12-05-2009, 05:45 PM
Tim, try some of the local orchards. Wintertime is when they will be dozing over their old trees to get ready and plant new in the spring. Now is great time to score big on apple, cherry, peach, etc.

TN_BBQ
12-06-2009, 12:04 PM
Just posted an ad on Craigs... heres hoping... Thanks!

There are ALWAYS free trees on Craigslist around here.

Some have even been felled (or partially felled). Most require you to do most of the heavy lifting.

I would brush up on your tree identification, though. I certainly wouldn't take their word for it as to what type of tree it is.

I've also heard folks say something about cabinet makers have lots of different types of wood scraps.