Food Grade Pellets for smoking meats etc.

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by daveomak, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    While strolling thru the big box H.D. store, there was a pallet full of bags of these pellets....

    I have never used pellets to smoke with although I do have a pellet stove in my home.......?

    Then I saw the sign.....$10  / 20# bag........50 cents a #.... I will learn how to use pellets......

    I will make a pellet smoke generator. Gawd I love being retired........[​IMG]

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    Western Oregon.......Do they have Mesquite there? Hickory?  

    After running 2 tests with my home made pellet burners, I think the pellets are mostly Big Leaf Maple, with Alder and what else I do not know. It was a pleasing smoke, not acrid, and almost sweet. A true test will be on meat. I did not notice any Mesquite. I am anxious to put these pellets to meat. It wil be interesting. I figure I can always throw in some chips of Mes of Hick to add something if it is needed or go back to the smoke gen with chips in it.

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    I think I will buy several bags and store them. 50 cents / lb.???  Better return on investment than............

    I do not think they go bad either.......

    Thanks for lookin'    Dave
     
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    The Pellet Fuel Institue????

    Ok I googled... it does exist..http://pelletheat.org/  

    Yup there they are!!    http://pelletheat.org/membership/member-directory/  

    Can't find there awards page...secret ingredients kinda makes me nervous tho!!

    Lots of info about pellet heating..didn't find any smoking food info.

    Quite a nice site the PFI folks have..

      Good luck Dave!!

           Craig
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like a winner to me!
     
  4. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Score!

    Most pellets on the market today, are "Blended".  This means they are 70%-80% Oak or Alder with 20%-30% flavor wood added.

    Since these pellets are mfg. in Oregon, they are most likely Alder based with flavor wood added.

    Blended pellets are designed for heat in a pellet grill/smoker as well as smoke.

    Have fun playing with your new toy!

    Todd
     
  5. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Geeze, and I thought I was just going to sit around the house and kick back with visions of a chuckie in the smoker. 
     
  6. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Update on the smoke run of the pellets Dave Omak alerted us on.  Put some into my AMNPS, set up for about a 2 hour burn on the straightaway and then for a test run around the bend and continue for another hour.  Back last winter, while you all were thinking of sugar plum fairies, Todd and I were discovering a real good test for "new and strange pellets".  That is, get a good burn going, as he's shown in his recent bacon threads, then let 'er smoke.  We found that many alder based pellets (blended with some other hardwood for flavor) failed the test of smoking much past an hour, if even that long and of course, failed to go around the corner.  Using this criteria, I'm conducting such a test with this pellet and so far, it's passing with flying colors.  It's been putting out a decent, pleasant, not to sweet but not tart either, odor.  We're past 2:40 hrs and the pellet is going strong, all the way around the corner and into the second row.  That's good enough for me.  Excellent find Dave.[​IMG]

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  7. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very Cool Stuff You Guys!

    For $10 a guy will take a chance

    Looks Like Dave Found A WINNER!

    NWDave is correct that we did a lot of testing and found some pellets did not perform well at all.

    Todd
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you for the good news..............I just got home and read your posts........[​IMG]..............I haven't gone out to the truck to unload the 2.......

    ...........count 'em 2 bags.... I just bought.....

    A guy has to get lucky once in a while. The last time I got lucky was when I found this forum..........[​IMG]......
     
  9. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always say, I'd rather be lucky than good!"

    TJ
     
  10. Dave, the day a Winco store here in N. Las Vegas open I noticed I saw this brand

    pellets and that was 3 years ago. Took a chance  at $ 5.35 for a 20 # BAG. So I bought 25 bags. So happy I did, still have 20 bags left. At 27 cents a pound I'm happy as a lark. They work great in my tube smoker as well as tray smoker.. Went and checked prices the other day and they still are reasonable at $ 8.60 for a 20 pound bag...Just my 2 cents and thanks for your input on smoking....Mike
     
     
  11. stephan28

    stephan28 Fire Starter

    I was at Winco the other day and found these for $4.98 a bag. I bought 8 bags.

    Has anyone else used these recently? Thoughts/opinions/reviews? Thanks!
     

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