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Forum topic by BanjoBen posted 07-01-2017 08:34 PM 1133 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BanjoBen

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07-01-2017 08:34 PM

I sometimes use small hardwood cutoffs on the grill. I’ve always avoided using any pieces that have any wood glue on them (such as Titebond), out of fear that there might be a safety issue. But, is there? I’ve looked around some online and can’t seem to find a definitive answer. I’m hoping someone here might know more about the issue.


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 07-01-2017 08:39 PM

If it isn’t oak, mesquite, pecan, apple, cherry or maple, It ain’t going on my fire. Just sayin’

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 07-01-2017 09:01 PM

Types of wood that is unsuitable grilling are woods from conifer trees, such as PINE, FIR, SPRUCE, REDWOOD, CEDAR, CYPRESS, etc.
ELM and EUCALYPTUS wood is unsuitable for smoking, as is the wood from SASSAFRAS and SYCAMORE.

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#3 posted 07-01-2017 09:18 PM



Types of wood that is unsuitable grilling are woods from conifer trees, such as PINE, FIR, SPRUCE, REDWOOD, CEDAR, CYPRESS, etc.
ELM and EUCALYPTUS wood is unsuitable for smoking, as is the wood from SASSAFRAS and SYCAMORE.

- nkawtg

I don’t think anyone would want to burn cedar for grilling, but cooking fish (salmon) on a plank of cedar is as old as the hills.

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#4 posted 07-01-2017 09:52 PM

A nut bearing or fruit wood tree is preferred.

I’ve used oak flooring scraps successfully, making sure there is never any finish on anything that goes in. I’ve also used maple, but this can get meat “over smoked” if I’m not careful.

Remember to burn with a flame, and the goal is thin blue smoke. A thick smoke or yellow smoke has VOC’s that will ruin your dinner. (Volatile Organic Chemicals)

Mark

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#5 posted 07-01-2017 09:55 PM

I’m mainly thinking of cutoffs from glued up pieces of wood. There’s a tiny amount of glue in the joint, but I’ve always been concerned that it might be a danger when it burns, and so I’ve avoided using it. I just don’t know if it actually is dangerous or not.

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 12:21 AM

Alder is another good wood for cooking.I also avoid using anything with glue or finish.
Handplane shaving are good for starting charcoals.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 07-02-2017 12:53 AM

“I sometimes use small hardwood cutoffs on the grill.”

I don’t put any kind of wool on the grill. I’d much rather have steak, fish, chicken or burgers.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 01:26 AM



“I sometimes use small hardwood cutoffs on the grill.”

I don t put any kind of wool on the grill. I d much rather have steak, fish, chicken or burgers.

- AlaskaGuy

I agree, I tried a wool sweater once and it just melted… :)

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 01:47 PM

I’ve been told that PVA glue is only toxic to ingest, fumes are not harmful…whether from heat or not. That said, I use a lot of hardwood scraps for my grill, and I never use any with glue. If the scrap piece is big enough, I’ll saw the joint through so the kerf removes the glue…otherwise I won’t use it other than kindling for a campfire. Given the variety of PVA glues available, I doubt anyone would give you a universal “yes, it’s safe” answer to your question. No telling what minutes chemicals might be in the different formulas.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 06-27-2018 01:30 AM


“I sometimes use small hardwood cutoffs on the grill.”

I don t put any kind of wool on the grill. I d much rather have steak, fish, chicken or burgers.

- AlaskaGuy

I agree, I tried a wool sweater once and it just melted… :)

- jbay

Did the same with as tee shirt once, but it caught on fire. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Jack Lewis

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#11 posted 06-27-2018 09:00 PM

How long does hardwood have to cook to be med. rare?

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 06-27-2018 09:09 PM

I wouldn’t use anything with glue in it on my grill or smoker. Heck if you are going to that, why not use plywood?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 06-27-2018 11:24 PM

I hear cdx smoked brisket is to die for.

Cherry scraps in the smoker all day long for me.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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