Hardwood scraps - Smoking meat with cut-offs that have glue on it

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Forum topic by paxorion posted 07-04-2014 02:05 AM 1634 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2014 02:05 AM

I have been going through cleaning up my scrap lumber stockpile, looking for any hardwood scraps that I can pass off to a friend for smoking meat. I have a lot of white oak cut-offs that would be perfect, but they are a mix of clean cutoffs as well as from glue laminations. I was wondering if anyone is aware of the need to separate the laminations, or if it is safe to just include them in the “smoking pile”.

The glue I used was Titebond II.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 02:15 AM

I’m not going to comment from a safety standpoint, but even the presence of the glue in the smoke could ruin a dish. Don’t use the glued pieces for smoking.

-- -Dan

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 02:39 AM

No, no, no. I slow cook a lot, all you want is pure wood.

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 02:56 AM

Doesn’t sound very good either from a safety or a taste standpoint.

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 02:07 PM

Thanks for confirming what I thought. I spent 15 minutes sorting it all out last night after I started the thread. Now the question is…what to do with all those lamination scraps…

-- paxorion

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 02:36 PM

I smoke a fair bit and always use clean stuff. You could try ripping or cross cutting to get rid of the glue…but is it worth the effort.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 03:07 PM

Would probably stick to your ribs ! :o))

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 07:02 PM

Use a saw to cut them, cutting out the glue joints, leaving only wood which can then be used for cooking.


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#8 posted 07-04-2014 08:31 PM

Scraps of pressure treated and/or plywood will give BBQ an interesting flavor. It improves the taste of roadkill.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 10:12 PM

Clint – I’ll take your word on that ;-) But that suddenly reminded me of a Good Eats episode

-- paxorion

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 06:28 PM

I have a question for those of you who smoke meat ..How do prepare your wood and do you soak it? Do you burn it for the smoke? Anything would be helpful. BTW< I use Hickory.


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