My buddy does a lot of stainless stuff for huge commercial businesses, with that said he has been bringing me home for the past year 3"x4" oak runners for pallets. They are clean no metal in them, no bark, they are straight from the saw mill. The runners are wihte and red oak, very few knots in them. so for the question. Can I use these as my base fuel in my smoker? I have been using them in my wood stove for the house and for fires in the deck pit, just thought hey I could use it for that as well.