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Old 04-22-2009, 04:13 PM   #11
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Is the book about cooking with wood in an old stove like this




Or over a campfire/fireplace...??????

Or is it a book on BBQ......????
Amazon.com: Wood-Fired Cooking: Techniques and Recipes for the Grill, Backyard Oven, Fireplace, and Campfire: Mary Karlin, Ed Anderson: Books
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:48 PM   #12
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Looks like a nice book to have checked out at the library.....At least you can take it back..

There is no "one size fits all" answers to questions about using wood as a fuel/heat source in cooking...To many variables...Over a campfire in a dutch oven/wrapped in foil or over a campfire on a grill or spit?? Answers may be different....

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So why when i use my smoker do i have to soak the wood?
You don't have to!!! You can choose to however. There is a difference of opinion about.. to soak or not to soak. I come down on the side of...it's a waste of time...and in some instances harmful. Wood does not absorb water easily...They make boats out of it --- Any absorption is very shallow into the wood even after hours in the water. Test that have weighed wood prior to soaking and again after soaking back this up. There is not much gain in weight. All it does is delay the time it takes for the wood to burn...The water will be converted to steam.. Then the wood will burn as if it had never been soaked. Adding large chunks of wet wood to a bed of hot coals can cool the fire down...delaying cooking times etc. Still there are those who choose to soak...Old habits die hard!

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Old 04-22-2009, 04:57 PM   #13
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Looks like a nice book to have checked out at the library.....At least you can take it back..

There is no "one size fits all" answers to questions about using wood as a fuel/heat source in cooking...To many variables...Over a campfire in a dutch oven/wrapped in foil or over a campfire on a grill or spit?? Answers may be different....



You don't have to!!! You can choose to however. There is a difference of opinion about.. to soak or not to soak. I come down on the side of...it's a waste of time...and in some instances harmful. Wood does not absorb water easily...They make boats out of it --- Any absorption is very shallow into the wood even after hours in the water. Test that have weighed wood prior to soaking and again after soaking back this up. There is not much gain in weight. All it does is delay the time it takes for the wood to burn...The water will be converted to steam.. Then the wood will burn as if it had never been soaked. Adding large chunks of wet wood to a bed of hot coals can cool the fire down...delaying cooking times etc. Still there are those who choose to soak...Old habits die hard!

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That makes sense. Yeah its a cool book but WAY HARD stuff to make. Especially since i dont have an oven just a grill and smoker. so i have to make do with what i have. GRR. I imagine i can make flat breads and pizzas in my webber kettle. I just need to find a place that sells the woods i need such as apple, cherry, hickory and mesquite logs unprocessed. Ill just build my own fire pit and put a lid on it and call it an oven. LOL ;)
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:44 PM   #14
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Ok so i was browsing around the net and i found this statment at a BBQ forum.

"Never use wood chips, use wood chunks. All wood chips do are burn up and give acid smoke."

Is this true Because wood is wood and chips come from chunks that are, well, chipped into pieces.

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Ok so i was browsing around the net and i found this statment at a BBQ forum.

"Never use wood chips, use wood chunks. All wood chips do are burn up and give acid smoke."

Is this true Because wood is wood and chips come from chunks that are, well, chipped into pieces.

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Large wood chunks are preferable to the small wood chips. Wood chips added directly to a hot bed of coals will burn/carbonize almost instantly providing very little smoke. Soaking them will delay their combustion only momentarily. There are small metal boxes on the market designed to hold wood chips to prevent them from flaming out thus providing some additional level of smoke. Aluminum foil can be formed into a small "pouch" containing the wood chips. Once the "pouch" is formed with the chips inside simply poke several holes in the foil (to allow the smoke out) and place the pouch directly on the bed of coals...

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