Why wood quality matters; a great article by Scott Thomas October 14 2015
I've been trying to write a good article on wood for smoking and the important details thereof, plus a wood smoke pairing guide for a long time. Before I could manage to finish my own, the folks over at Fix.com contacted us about a similar article they had recently published by Scott Thomas (the gentleman behind grillinfools.com), called "Up in Smoke: All About Smoke Woods for Grilling". They also offered us use of the infographics on our own site to assist interested folks when they are selecting woods for purchase based on intended fare.
Like most of Scott's stuff, it's a great article and helps illustrate why you want the best wood possible when you are preparing food in the presence of wood smoke. We know that it doesn't take much foreign debris to change the flavor of wood smoke, it's literally in the Parts Per Million (PPM) which is an extremely fine measurement by it's very definition. Poor quality wood, wood exposed to various chemicals for preservation or colorizing, hydrocarbon contamination, and poor storage can all contribute to poor quality wood smoke that translates to poor or unhealthy food attributes when you BBQ or smoke.
These are the reasons we work so hard to bring you the highest quality product. We know the history of the wood we produce, we work closely with the growers to ensure the highest possible quality from the time it comes off the tree to the time it lands on your doorstep. We naturally season our wood and then wash it before we store it in a controlled environment where it awaits your order to be cut. When we produce wood chips, we use the same hand selected wood we bring you in our chunk products, no compromise on the quality of the wood is made whatsoever. We don't add "junk" wood or pallets to our production line, so you can be assured you are getting what you paid for when you order wood chips from us.
I'm hoping to add the infographics to our site next week in a more useful location, but here is the main one from the article for reference below. Go check out Scott's article, it's spot on!
BSHW is now offering Premium Wood Chips! August 14 2015
We have been busy working to bring requested products to the store, and today we are happy to present our Premium Hardwood Chips in Apple, Cherry, and Pear varieties! These easy to use and convenient format wood chips are great for grilling and smoking your favorite foods.
These are produced by us, using the same hand selected hard woods we bring to you in our Wood Chunks format. We screen them after production to remove any dirt or debris and then they are brought to our processing facility for protected storage until we ship them to our customers. We have managed to bring these to market at a price comparable to the wood chips you would find in your local big box store, even after shipping costs! We offer 512 and 792 cubic inch boxes of chips, shipped USPS Priority Flat Rate Service for only $5 and $10 respectively. These volumes are multiples of the standard 190 cubic inch offering found at most local retailers, which is why we can keep the price down while still delivering the quality our customers have come expect from us.
To celebrate, we are offering a 10% discount on our already competitive prices to the first 100 orders that use this code: BSHWCHIPS - during checkout.
Thank you for your support!
Here is a picture I took of the new Apple Wood Chips I took when we were doing the product photos for the store: