Whisky barrel bungs

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by theangler, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. theangler

    theangler Newbie

    I have obtained a quantity of bungs from whisky barrels, I believe they are Poplar Wood, can I use them for smoking
  2. smokinal

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

    Welcome to SMF!

    Sounds like perfect smoking wood.

  3. Welcome and good morning, I'll bet they smell pretty darn good

  4. theangler

    theangler Newbie

    They smell great, Scotch Whisky (I live in Scotland)
  5. smokin monkey

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  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi and welcome to the forum

    Poplar isn't a wood that is widely used for smoking, although some people do. I have never used it myself but it is reported to taste similar to Birch and, where used, it is apparently good for the lighter meats like chicken. Being impregnated with the whiskey though these are likely to give off a more robust flavour than just the wood. Poplar is one of the softer hardwoods and burns quite quickly giving out little heat. Because of this, when hot smoking I would use them in chunks (maybe whole bungs - depending on size) placed upon a bed of charcoal/briquettes to provide the long stable heat source. For cold smoking you would need to find a way to convert them to sawdust or fine chippings.

    If you need someone to test them out for you just send them this way [​IMG]  

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