Why is Lumber Jack so popular?
Simple! The flavour of any tree is in the Metabolites or cambium layer of the growing tree. This means that all BBQ pellets made from residual sawdust as a by-product are generally comprised of the core kiln dried wood. For example, the sawdust from a hickory furniture or hammer handle factory is void of flavour or has only a very weak carryover from the growth in the cambium layer.
When the old timers smoked meat and fish they did not take the bark off the wood they gathered for this very same reason. We are a round log plant which means we harvest actual trees and chip them up as green chips, with full flavour to make our BBQ pellets. We all work hard for our money and we expect the best product we can buy for our dollars.
When we say we de-bark the red oak base material in our blends, we do this for a very specific reason. Since the smoke flavour you’re looking for and expecting is in the bark, we leave the bark on the primary wood but remove the bark from the oak wood when we produce our blends. We do this so the full rich flavour of the primary wood comes through, such as Hickory in the Hickory blend or Apple in the Apple blend.
This allows us to have the strongest flavour in our blends! Blends also have lower ash content when burned since they have less bark than our 100% varieties, which are not de-barked and therefore produce a more powerful and intense flavour.
Our pellets have been thoroughly tested in virtually every make & model and have been found to be safe and compatible with all grills and smokers that burn wood pellet fuel.
In the past, certain manufacturers would claim that using non-approved pellets would void warranty. These days, manufacturers have stepped away from this claim and most major manufacturers have no problems with customers using third party grilling pellets.
Please check directly with your equipment manufacturer, and if their answer is contrary we are happy to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
For optimal quality and lifespan, we recommend keeping your pellets stored indoors in an airtight container. Pellets need to be kept dry; any moisture content will reduce the BTU's that the pellets can provide.
If you must store your pellets outdoors, ensure they are kept in a water-tight container and the bag should be kept closed inside that container. Our Pour'n'Store bag clips work great for bag storage!
All of our pellets provide heat in excess of 8500 BTU/lb, with less than 1.5% ash content.
No -- for many reasons! Heating pellets are not food safe and are often made with chemically treated wood. They also typically contain glues, binders and other carcinogens which will transfer to the food and will be consumed.
In addition to the health concerns, heating pellets are also devoid of most flavour, being made of waste sawdust and other floor sweepings. Heating pellets may also contain softwood, which gives off a sooty smoke and will cover your food in ash/soot.
Heating pellets are also formulated for an exceptionally hot burn, which may actually cause damage to your grill and you may void your warranty by using them.
Keep an eye on the packaging. Any pellets meant for cooking food will explicitly state that they are for grilling purposes. If grilling/smoking is not mentioned, they are most likely heating pellets and should not be used for grilling/smoking under any circumstances.
A 20 lb bag of pellets will provide 6-20 hours of grilling/smoking time depending on various factors. The burn rate is anywhere from 1-3 lbs/hr depending on conditions such as the make of your grill, ambient temperature, grill setting and more.
When cleaning your grill, pay close attention to the bottom grate surfaces. If they are covered in a brown, tacky substance, you are most likely looking at burnt residue from oil additives or other artificial flavours. A darker smoke can also indicate this as the oil burns.
Pellets containing artificial flavours may also impart your food with a "liquid smoke" flavour instead of the true wood smoke flavour you are after.
Lumber Jack BBQ Pellets provide a true wood smoke flavour and burn clean, leaving no residue on the inside of your grill. Our pellets contain no additives, no oils, no binders or anything artificial -- just 100% all natural wood!
With our 100% varieties, the entire pellet is made of the same type of wood. Bark is left on before pelleting for full flavour smoke. Because the bark is left on, these 100% varieties provide even more flavour than our blended pellets, but can result in more ash.
With our blend varieties, we mix flavourful wood chips with de-barked Oak for heat, then the chips are ground, mixed thoroughly, and finally turned into wood BBQ pellets. Every pellet is the full recipe which ensures and even burn and consistent flavour.