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Offline patook

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Smoker fuel
« on: June 12, 2009, 03:17:38 PM »
I know this has been hashed out and many use a variety of things at hand. However, I need something I can buy cheap that is a decent smoker fuel. When I started out, I got some dadant fuel in my kit, which was great, but expensive. I tries a bag of cypress mulch from Homedepot but it does not want to stay lit.

Does anyone buy anything in bulk that is readily available and works as a good fuel?

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2009, 03:32:03 PM »
Burlap is the best I've found so far, but dried grass and leaves do in a pinch.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2009, 03:42:28 PM »
I like sumac berries for a really long burn.  I also use ceder chips (animal bedding).  They burn fast but light easy

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2009, 04:06:02 PM »
Burlap is the best I've found so far, but dried grass and leaves do in a pinch.

I have heard burlap is good, but where can you buy it?

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2009, 04:10:14 PM »
my beekeeping supply place sells it, but i got a batch of burlap coffee bags from the military surplus place.  they are big and heavy duty. 
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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2009, 04:16:30 PM »
In Ohio the bridge const co's are a good FREE supply.  They are required by the state to cover the cement with burlap for a couple of days.  Afterwards they just throw it out.  It is not that dirty and I cut to the size I want.  I have probably received about a p/u load in the last two years :-D!

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2009, 04:32:05 PM »
I use hay or pine needles, a small bale of hay from the feed store kept dry lasts a long, long time.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2009, 04:55:39 PM »
You can buy burlap at home depot as well, I am a burlap person.....tried some compressed cotton I got from somewhere today but I don't like the way the smoke smells....has a chemical smell to it. I need to find some coffee bean bags again.....better, thicker brulap than HD's.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2009, 05:20:13 PM »
I second the pine needles.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2009, 05:38:06 PM »
I third the pine needles - I buy a bale and keep it in the carport so it's always dry and available.  Works great with nice cool smoke.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2009, 05:46:23 PM »
I use a combination of burlap bags (coffee bean bags that we get that has fabricated pipe in it), and the bark off of cedar trees that have been cut for a little while (fence post). the burlap lights quick and easy and the cedar bark will smolder for a long time.

In a pinch......hay, dead grass, pine needles, sisal baling twine, anything natural just look around.

When I had some really hot bees I would go to the barn and get some left over tabbacco leaves and add that also, seemed to work really well for calming them down a notch or two.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2009, 05:54:14 PM »
I third the pine needles - I buy a bale and keep it in the carport so it's always dry and available.  Works great with nice cool smoke.

Linda T who can finally in year four light a smoker every time!!!!!!!

Linda

Where do you purchase a bale of pine needles??  Never heard of this. I have just started to burn pine needles, but I have to have my friend at work bring in bags of it from her yard.

I just love using the smoker since I went from burning burlap to burning pine needles.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2009, 05:58:58 PM »
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Linda T who can finally in year four light a smoker every time!!!!!!!

you are doing well.  mine usually lites, but requires massive verbal stimulation to keep going.   :evil:
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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2009, 06:47:47 PM »
If you can get the real kind of baling twine, it makes a good smoker fuel also.  I wrap a bunch of it around my hand then tie it into a knot.  Light 1 or more of the loose loops and the knot will smolder for a long time.
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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2009, 06:48:32 PM »
annette, we can buy bales of pine needles, like a square bale of hay, hey use it for a decorative mulch in flower beds and around trees. Look at some of the landscaping places or even home depot or lowes might have it. I just pick it up off of the ground.

Good luck on finding it.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2009, 06:55:11 PM »
annette, we can buy bales of pine needles, like a square bale of hay, hey use it for a decorative mulch in flower beds and around trees. Look at some of the landscaping places or even home depot or lowes might have it. I just pick it up off of the ground.

Good luck on finding it.

G3

Thanks for the info. I do get it from my friend from work, but I like to be independent if possible.  I will check it out, thanks again

Annette

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2009, 07:18:52 PM »
I pick up twigs out of my yard. I like to use pecan because it smells good to me. I like the campfire smell.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2009, 07:43:25 PM »
pellet stove fuel works, a bit hard to light but it stays lit once you do.  Plus at under 6 bucks for a 50lb bag that'll last a whole season it's not too expensive a proposition.
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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2009, 08:53:36 PM »


  I use cedar shavings, the dog kennel kinda stuff. I can not stand the smell of burlap burning, acrid and nasty. The cedar smells great and is so much cheaper than buying burlap. Wally world has is for about $6.50 for a big ol bail.

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Re: Smoker fuel
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2009, 09:19:47 PM »
I like sumac berries for a really long burn.  I also use ceder chips (animal bedding).  They burn fast but light easy


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