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Old 21-07-12   #1 (permalink)
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Woodchip for smoking

Anyone got any advice for starting up selling oak/apple/beech etc chips for selling in smokers.

What standard? Can I chip em in a chipper and sell like that?

Any ideas?

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Re: Woodchip for smoking

This is an interesting question, the sort of skill and knowledge that is being rapidly lost too.

Im off out in a mo (hatfield house ancient oak woods) but I might suggest looking up italian french methods and also the herring and trout smokers in the Uk
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Simon, I cant give you advice on the chips, but I would advise you pay an equal or greater percentage of your focus towards the packaging and marketing. Only way you'd make any money out of a project like this would be to get the superstores on board with it.....packaging is key IMO
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This is an interesting question, the sort of skill and knowledge that is being rapidly lost too.

Im off out in a mo (hatfield house ancient oak woods) but I might suggest looking up italian french methods and also the herring and trout smokers in the Uk
Some fantastic trees at Hatfield House aren't there. I'd be interested to what you think of them and their management.

To answer the original question chip up some well seasoned wood and see what comes out. Then try and smoke some wood yourself.

I sold some Oak shavings from the planer/thicknesser to a guy for smoking. He said it worked well but i never got any of the pig.
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Simon, I cant give you advice on the chips, but I would advise you pay an equal or greater percentage of your focus towards the packaging and marketing. Only way you'd make any money out of a project like this would be to get the superstores on board with it.....packaging is key IMO
Or consider online. See Buy Smoking Wood Chips, selling chips at £6.99/450g (that's £15.5k/ton). Be interesting to know how well they do out of it. They're run by Macs BBQ Ltd, who seem to be doing well.
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Simon, I cant give you advice on the chips, but I would advise you pay an equal or greater percentage of your focus towards the packaging and marketing. Only way you'd make any money out of a project like this would be to get the superstores on board with it.....packaging is key IMO
I would second the above, and add that you should keep chip species separate, and sell them "branded". Also, use Google to look up the most suitable wood species for smoking before bagging them. I seem to recall having heard that oak is NOT well suited for smoking.

When selling a product at a high price premium above its "inherent" cost, packaging and marketing is key. This is true whether it is fashion/health products or even technology (Apple comes to mind).
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Re: Woodchip for smoking

I would say getting it rolled in the papers will be a pain.
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Re: Woodchip for smoking

A lot of the local polish lads keep asking me for Alder to smoke fish with they call by and pick some up and then drop me some rainbow trout off
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