pressed sawdust bricks?

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by thinblueduke, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    Hi all,

    I'm new to the forum, so please forgive me if the following is a silly question.

    Is anyone familiar with these?

    They seem to be pressed sawdust bricks, and they're quite common here in Japan.  They're pretty cheap (a package of 3 six-ounce bricks is about $3.50 on Amazon Japan), and I've found they work well for cold smoking bacon and salmon in my ECB.    You just light them with a plain ol' lighter, and they burn for about 75-90 minutes, without raising the temperature more than 10 degrees above ambient.  You don't need any additional fuel or special equipment to use them, and they're available in all sorts of "flavors," including apple, sakura (cherry), oak, whiskey oak, hickory, etc.  Just no mesquite. [​IMG]

    Does anybody use anything similar?
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never saw them before.

    Just looking at that one makes me wonder what causes it to be that Green color.

    Wondering how much other than real hardwood sawdust is in it. Could include ground particle board scraps (Arsenic), and other nasty stuff.

  3. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Theres a company here in the states called Mojobricks. 100 pressed hardwoods. I've used them in my Smoke Daddy or for just throwing them on some charcoal. They work well in a gas grill, too, if you wrap them in tin foil and just leave one end open for smoke to escape.
    Also the finger length ones did a real nice job and fit real well in the masterbuilt chip loader.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  4. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    They're not green at all, just the same color as regular sawdust would be.  The company's website says they're 100% additive-free, except for the whiskey oak variety.

    I just found these on a US website for what seems to be a supplier for Japanese restaurants.  Only $4.40 per brick, about the same size as a 3-pack of the ones in the first post.  I've tried this brand as well, and had pretty good results.  Here's the direct link, if anyone's interested in trying them.

  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That website doesn't do me much good, I can't read Japanese, but if those are 100% additive free, it sounds good to me.[​IMG]

  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I did some research on theses for an American member stationed in Japan. There is nothing unusual about them and from info I read, work very well...JJ
  7. Never have seen those before, similar to those logs you can buy to burn in your fireplace.  Would these be for electric smokers ?

    Gary S
  8. thinblueduke

    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

    Google Chrome has a "translate this page" option that comes in handy, if you want to take a closer look.  Anyway, from what I can tell, these small bricks are designed for use without any additional fuel (charcoal, gas or electric).  Seems most home smoking in Japan is done in little collapsible metal cabinets (not much bigger than a shoebox) or even cardboard boxes.  People usually smoke nuts, cheese, snacks, etc.  I'm sure these would work in electrics, though.  They just seem to be a good way to generate smoke in any kind of enclosure without raising the temperature much.

    FWIW, the manufacturer in the first pic is Soto, and the second one is Susumu Makoto.  The reviews I've seen have been a bit more positive for the SM product, apparently because they stay lit better (although I've never had a problem with the Soto ones).
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a compressed version of the AMNS using dust.....
  10. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

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    thinblueduke Meat Mopper

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