The box of wood you get from CS will contain chunks all close to the same size. Don't use more than 1 of them for your first cook. I know it don't seem like much, but you can add more on the next cook, or not, and go from there.
Also, you will need a good remote thermometer such as Maverick, Polder, etc.
Like I said, they are close to the same size. To each his own, but I don't believe we need a digital scale to weigh out ounces of wood. I think eyeballing is close enough. I have OCD, but not that bad!
Just FYI...you can buy very inexpensive scales at kitchen stores and even at the dollar stores! I have a $1.00 one that I use for approximate weight when cutting my own chunks of wood. Really comes in handy to get the approximate size to cut the wood to and before putting it in the smoker box. Rick in CO
I'm very happy with it. Is it overkill for weighing chunks? maybe, but it's also good to have a good scale in your kithchen especially if you are going to be doing any baking (where you should convert measurements to weights).
But the moral of my story is, the chunks that I assumed were about 2oz. where really 4oz or more. It would have caused us to have some oversmoked food if we didn't know. And it's hard to communicate with other members if the info you're giving them isn't accurate. I'm sure later I'll stop being so precise, but getting that scale is helping get my brain calibrated to the world of smoking with a CS! Highly recommended!
Talking about smoking woods... I have some osage orange and the search only brought up discussion about planting them. I read that it was questionable to use for smoking because of a higher toxicity level in the wood. Has anyone a source or knowledge if it is safe for using in our Cookshack's? Thank much.
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