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Crabman
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20 16 11:32 pm    Post subject: Wood in a place with no wood Reply with quote

Fellow Ringers-I am in the Air Force and currently deployed to the continent of Africa. Our base is in the Sahara Desert and while we can get charcoal in the nearby city, wood for smoking is non-existent. I am asking this in the spirit of smoking since the only wood we do have around here is pallets...and a lot of them. My question is if we have pallets that are hardwood, not pressure treated, and not painted, do you think they would be good for smoking? I'm trying to get some of the local beef and smoke it up for my fellow Airmen on base.
Any input is appreciated. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks for your time and patience.

John
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21 16 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can find some untreated oak pallets, they might (emphasis: might) be OK for smoking. I would want to find out what shipped on them if possible to avoid chemical contamination.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21 16 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking that any pallets that go international have been treated to avoid insect infestation.

Now I don't know what the rules are but is there a chance some of your buddies could fly in some wood chunks from the states? You could mix that with the local charcoal and do a pretty good job.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21 16 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ditto mike...most would be treated somewhat ...may only be boric acid at the mill, but maybe more harsher stuff along the way, would scare me a little.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21 16 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would not use any wood from a pallet. Besides the previously mentioned concerns with chemicals, a lot of standard pallets are made using poplar with the frame sides and centers made with pine or other softwood like fir. I wouldn't want to smoke with any of these woods especially the softwoods.
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