Making smoker wood chips
Recently we used the free Craftsman wood chipper we repaired to start making smoker wood chips We had removed several mulberry trees for our greenhouse build and had a little apple and hickory wood that could be chipped. We use a smoker often and go through more than a few bags of wood chips that we had to buy. Now we can make our own and won’t have to buy any for awhile.
Running the chipper and making chips
The process was fairly simple, we used the pruners to cut off branches from a limb downed during a recent high wind event. Those branches were cut down more to make a straight branch that would feed easily into the chipper.
I found that with this particular unit it was best to keep the length of what we chipping to no more than a couple feet. When we had a piece that was too long it would begin to bog down the Briggs and run the risk of killing the machine. If you do then there will be wood inside the unit when you go to restart it. When there is too much material inside you won’t be able to pull start it. We had to tear the unit apart once to unplug it. It wasn’t horrible, but it did take 20 minutes to clear and reassemble. Lesson learned. Limit the length of the material getting chipped to prevent this from happening again,
The finished product
This is our first chipper/shredder and we’ve never run one, therefor we weren’t certain how large of chips it would make. The chips it made are smaller than I expected. They’re smaller pieces than what comes in the bags we buy at the store. see the picture below.
We have used them to smoke a chicken. The smaller chips burn up faster than the larger store bought wood chips. Making smoker wood chips is pretty fast and we have an abundance of fruit trees. Burning more chips doesn’t concern me. So far we have filled 2 feed sacks with usable wood chips.