How to chip staves from a bourbon barrel

Discussion in 'Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES) Owners' started by holyfeld, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. My friends often give me smoking related presents. They mean well and I thank them knowing I'll never use the gift (usually rub which is too salty for my taste).

    This year I received some bourbon barrel staves. I run my MES-40 in a dual configuration. For long smokes I set up the mailbox and use the tube smoker. Nothing like starting a brisket or butt and going back to bed knowing it will be smoked for 7 hours. For shorter smokes I use the chip feeder.

    So my questions to the esteemed members of the group:

    1. What is the easiest way to chip the barrel staves?
    2. What types of meat would this work well on? 
  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Do you have (or know someone who has) a garden chipper/shreader? I have chipped split staves in mine and it worked quite well.
  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Holy... I would think you could put a piece in a vise (sideways, edge up).. then run a wood plane (as deep as you can go and still push it across),,, the deeper, the thicker the chips will be... that's the only way I can think of... unless you just cut it in small chunks... Wade has a good idea as well ...
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  4. I've used a machete, splitting maul and/or hatchet. I've even used a chisel and hammer. Never after the third beer, but usually after the second.
  5. Yeah, I've done the differential beer thing. Not as much as I used to. Still having all 10 fingers is a good thing. [​IMG]
  6. 9, 10, it's all the same ;-)

    You ever figure out how to get the chips the way you wanted?
  7. A neighbor has a wood chipper that hasn't been started in 5 years. Plus he's in FL for the winter. Breaking in would be trivial, but trying to start the chipper would be a bear.

    I don't have a vise (yet). I need to go to AR and get my father's workbench, which does have a vise and bring it home. But that won't happen for another month or so. 

    If I get in a hurry, it looks like safety glasses, a hammer, and a chisel.

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