chainsaw clippings

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by scrappynadds, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    Greeting to all

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas..............I was cutting wood the other day and saw all the chainsaw clipping at my feet and was wondering if it would work in a cold smoke generator?. I finally found a frig. 1955 Frigidaire model SS72. Probably going to break some frid fanatics heart but it was working before i gutted it....(pictures to follow in later thread) I'm also working on a cold smoke generator so i have not had the ability to try the clippings myself and was wondering if some of you had..........Happy new year........

  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Scrappy, this discussion has came up before. The real concern is the oil used in the automatic chain oiler. If it was a brand new chain saw and you used vegetable oil or something that was food grade from the start you would be good to go. But if you use regular chain oil (motor oil) I wouldn't advise you to use the chips.
  3. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It really depends on what type of wood it's from...Can't wait to see the pictures of the build.....
  4. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    Once again SMF come's thru.........Never even gave the oil a second though. thanks for everything.
  5. ronrude

    ronrude Meat Mopper

    I would definately be wary of the bar oil.
  6. mackconsult

    mackconsult Fire Starter

    Vegtable oil would break down from the heat of the bar and damage the chain/bar
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is probably the third time I can remember and the oil is always the concern. 
  8. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm with everyone else the bar oil is the killer
  9. sdiver40

    sdiver40 Fire Starter

    Yes I would be scared of the bar oil. And the bar on my saw is $80 plus dollars. I don’t think I want to chance vegetable oil on it. I do some tree work on the side and I’m thinking about running some Hickory or Apple thru the chipper next time I get a hold of some. Dry it out and see what happens.

    In the mean time I’m sticking with the  AMNPS and store bought chips.
  10. patr

    patr Newbie

    SDiver40 - I am a tree worker and see that you do do some too. With regards to using the chipper for your chips I like to run the trunk/main branches through to get any leftovers from previous jobs out (we do lots of fir and arbutus) and then do the sprouts/small laterals last and shoot them into a tarp to take home and dry. That what I find works best but would like to hear your method. Another few weeks and there should be lots of fruit tree pruning coming up to experiment with.

  11. sdiver40

    sdiver40 Fire Starter

    Hello Pat

    I havent tried catching the chips yet. But running the trunk threw to clear out the other types of wood was my plan as well. Next weekend I'll be trimming about 8 pear trees. Was thinking about trying to dry some of those.  

    Anyone ever used much pear to smoke with? good or bad smoking wood?
  12. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

    I would think any oil would be bad for you, veggie oil smokes also. I wouldn't use any from a chainsaw unless it was cut dry, (without oil). Maybe get away with it from a electric saw without oil in it.
  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    even electric chain saws saw use bar oil. It is not the point that it smokes , it's the point of petroleum smoke being toxic.
  14. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

    Thats why I said DRY,,NO OIL...
  15. alaskanbear

    alaskanbear Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    A cheap electric saw with a new blade and total cleaning using, yup, here it comes, BACON Grease--Pork Fat rules!!  Allows for adaquate lube for the chain and will not hurt any woood chips in the process.  Bars and chain do not last long, but, the smoke is awesome.


    PS:  I enev used rendered bear lard with satisfactory results.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012

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