Re: Wood Stove Pellets - Smoker Fuel
Wood pellets are about all we have used for the past 10 years. We've used lots of different kinds, seems like the darker hardwood ones might last a bit longer but be a bit more difficult to start but they all work well as long as you keep them dry. I keep strips of cardboard in the bucket with the pellets for starting them though dry grass or pine needles also work well. Paper alone is pretty difficult to get enough heat generated for lighting pellets. After your fire is going (and that is the secret, lighting a hot fire) we usually just top them with green grass to keep the pellets from blowing out and your good for most of the day.
Kona Queen, where lots of people are lighting lots of smokers, has the slickest setup I have seen to light their pellets. A central air compressor with a cluster of little hoses that can be inserted in the bottom of the smoker. No puffing required, just stand there and build your fire.
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