Wood Smoking Chunks

Welcome to the best cooking chunks available.

Cutting Edge Firewood’s gourmet grilling and smoking chunks are larger in size and go through our exclusive drying process which means they provide unbelievable flavor throughout your cook and the perfect blue smoke that aficionados around the world seek. After all, the best food deserves the best flavor.

Our chunks are specifically designed for grills, smokers and any premium smoker, such as a Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg, Primo or kettle style grills. Used by chefs and leading competitive BBQ teams, we provide the best way to smoke or grill your meats, veggies, chili, pizza, or anything else you try to cook in your grill.

Prepare the best food of your life.

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  • The Smoking Chunks Variety Pack

    $49.00$159.00

    Are you a backyard BBQ Master? Have you given your grills their own special name? Then you need to try our world class cooking chunks. Our Variety Pack offers the perfect way to experience a variety of unmatched flavors. These boxes also make for the perfect gift for the smoking enthusiast in your life.

    Cutting Edge Firewood produces the best possible smoking chunks because the best food deserves the best flavor. Each variety pack contains a number of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak chunks. We offer two sizes:

    • The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals.
    • Our large variety box contains 4 standard-sized boxes.

    This is an amazing way to enhance the flavor of your cooks. Order today to receive complimentary shipping nationwide!

  • Cherry Smoking Chunks

    $49.00$149.00

    How sweet it is – Cutting Edge Firewood’s Cherry Smoking Wood Chunks are a wonderful fruit wood for grilling or smoking. Cherry wood is a favorite for cooking because it provides a sweet flavor and rosy color to food. Cutting Edge smoking chunks are large and full of flavor, cut to the perfect size for backyard grills and smokers such as Primo grills, the Big Green Egg, or Kamado Joe.

    If you love your food and think it deserves only the best, then treat it tenderly by cooking it over Cutting Edge Firewood’s cherry cooking wood chunks.

    The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”, and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 19” x 13” x 13”, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

    Cherry Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

    To purchase, select the quantity below and then add to cart.

  • Pecan Smoking Chunks

    $69.00$199.00

    Pecan is the most legendary cooking wood in the South, and Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best Pecan available. Maybe that’s why our Pecan Chunks were featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

    Pecan cooking wood chunks provide the perfect flavor for any smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. The size of the Pecan Chunk cooking wood is the perfect solution to achieve delicious flavor in your grills or smokers like Primo, Big Green Egg, or Kamado Joe.

    The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”, and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 19″ x 13.5″ x 13.5″, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

    Pecan Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

    To start your purchase, select your desired quantity below and then add to cart.

  • Hickory Smoking Chunks

    $49.00$149.00

    Love bold flavors? Want to impress your friends and family when you cook in your own backyard? Then you need to try Cutting Edge Firewood’s Hickory Smoking Wood Chunks – the Mike Tyson of cooking woods. Our hickory packs a powerful flavor punch, and when you bite into something cooked over it, the food bites back.

    Cutting Edge smoking wood chunks are hand cut to be the perfect size for grills and smokers like the Primo grill, or the Big Green Egg, and the Kamado Joe.

    The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”, and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 19” x 13” x 13, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

     

    Hickory Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

    To start your purchase, select your desired quantity below and then add to cart.

  • White Oak Smoking Chunks

    $49.00$149.00

    For thousands of years, mankind has cooked over oak firewood. It provides incredible heat, subtle flavor, and is perfect for things like steak, steak, or more steak. It’s actually great for just about anything, but we really like steak.

    Chefs will often mix Oak with other cooking wood, taking advantage of oak’s heat and pairing it with bolder flavors to create a rich tapestry of perfectly cooked flavor. The best cooking oak in the world comes from Cutting Edge Firewood and our smoking wood chunks are specifically designed for grills or smokers like Primo grills, the Big Green Egg, or Kamado Joe.

    The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”, and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 16” x 16” x 16”, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

     

    Oak Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

    To start your purchase, select your desired quantity below and then add to cart.

  • Apple Smoking Chunks

    $79.00$199.00

    Cooking with apple wood is as American as apple pie or Johnny Appleseed. It provides a sweet, apple smoked flavor to your food and is a crowd favorite when cooking pork, poultry, seafood, and lamb.

    Our apple wood will burn clear and consistent, providing great flavor throughout the duration of your cook.

    The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”, and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 19″ x 13″ x 14″ and contains enough for 36-50 meals.

    Apple Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

  • Maple Smoking Chunks

    $49.00$149.00

    Maple trees are a hardy and beautiful tree that is perfect for cooking. The same wood that makes maple syrup can also provide a mild, sweet flavor to your food when you cook with it. The aroma and flavor will be beautiful too!

    Our maple wood will burn clear and consistent, providing great flavor throughout the duration of your cook.

    The standard box is 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″ and has enough for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 19” x 13” x 13”, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

    Maple Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

Who is Cooking with Cutting Edge Firewood

Testimonials

This place is my #1 go to for cooking wood, I saw an ad on facebook for them one day when I was in the middle of a cook and figured Id give them a try. My first order was for some 8" maple splits that I order to smoke a couple racks of Lamb ribs they have great prices and when you receive your order it comes in a box that says Cutting edge on it, maybe 3-5 days I recieved a hand written postcard from a gentleman named Leroy Hite who was sending me to tell me how much they appreciated my business! Every since then Ive given them my business for all of my cooking, smoking, and firewood needs 10/10 you guys rock and you have a return customer for life! I live in Michigan and they are in Georgia, they waisted no time getting me my order! I really appreciate you guys!
Troy Bilt
Troy Bilt
18:31 05 Sep 20
Practically the Indiana Jones warehouse of firewood! Can’t wait to start our first fire of the season (oak)... and make some ribs w/the pecan chunks. Thanks KB!
Jeremy Rogers
Jeremy Rogers
18:17 19 Oct 19
Superb experience with every aspect of the company. I ordered the smoking chunks variety pack for my husband's birthday. We have had some delicious food prepped with it on other occasions and we look forward to using our own now. The delivery was expedient (same day as ordered - in December no less) and customer service follow up the same day to boot. We earlier purchased their specially treated firewood and have enjoyed immensely the warmth provided by CE fires with family and friends. FYI, I never realized how nasty the firewood from the grocery store is until I used CE. It is so refreshing to deal with a company that specializes not only in providing superior products, but also in providing superior service. It really is a novelty to have something done correctly the first time, and to have it done with such quality.
Jenny Forester
Jenny Forester
17:10 25 Dec 19
A rare experience. Today, I was lit up by the kindness of a company that creates a great product. I wrote an earlier review saying after one fire I can say amazing wood, expensive but totally worth it if only the huge flood this week had not washed the box away. Today a new box was delivered to me by courier. I didn't ask. It was just given. That is extraordinary. Thank you for a rare kind of considerate customer service that accompanies a product that does what it says. And now back to open wood fire cooking. Wow.
Gayanne Geurin
Gayanne Geurin
22:56 13 Oct 20
We ordered the woods chunks to use with our smoker. We decided to try them this Thanksgiving to add some flavor to our smokedturkey! Wow! The taste was amazing and the comments from family were awesome! We will use it ever time we smoke meat!
Barbara Colcord
Barbara Colcord
01:20 18 Dec 19
I don’t have a fireplace but I love cooking with charcoal and wood. I have an Ooni Karu 12, a PK original, and a PKGO which means I need chunks or mini logs since my cooking devices are small. Received my order of mini pizza wood from Cutting Edge and was ready for football Sunday. I used 2 mini wood pieces in the pizza oven (with charcoal) and had the oven at over 800F within minutes. For the second half, i threw on some wings and brats into the PKGO which was also up to temp with a few charcoal chunks and one mini wood piece.Overall, I am very pleased. Before today and Cutting edge, I was breaking down firewood logs by hand which is some good exercise, but sometimes you just want some good quality wood without the hassle. Cutting Edge definitely delivered. A++
Adrian Castillo
Adrian Castillo
19:38 11 Sep 22
I just wanted to take a minute to share my feedback. First, the quality of the wood is fantastic! Cut and split perfectly and dried to perfection. Second, I screwed up my order and bought the cooking logs instead of the smaller splits. I thought maybe it was something that happened on their end, but no it was me. I called to straighten it out and they offered to ship me two boxes of wood for free! You can't beat customer service like that! I will be buying all of my wood form them. Highly recommend!
Tim Armstrong
Tim Armstrong
02:43 15 Sep 20
Wonderful place, awesome staff! We’ll be getting our cooking wood from here for sure!
Richard Washington
Richard Washington
18:30 20 Aug 19
Cutting Edge might be known for their firewood but their wood chunks for cooking might be even better! The chunks are much cleaner and more solid than anything I've used before, and produce a great smoke flavor on my Big Green Egg cooks. This is an easy way to take my smoked meat to a whole new level.
Tony King
Tony King
19:29 17 Jul 19
Great woods. Kiln dried definitely makes a difference. Strong smoke if you use it with charcoal for cooking. Cleaner burning if you use it for heat.
Dimitrius Weddington
Dimitrius Weddington
17:40 22 Aug 20

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Wood Chunks for Smoking and Grilling

Whether you’re cooking with a gas, electric, or charcoal smoker or grill, adding wood is the only way to achieve that authentic wood smoke flavor. Smoking and grilling with wood is perhaps the most significant advantage of cooking over a fire, and provides you with an opportunity to flavor your food in a way you can’t accomplish in your kitchen. And we believe the best-suited type of wood for this purpose are wood chunks.

In this guide, we’ll share with you the best wood chunks and grills on the market and provide some tips on how to infuse your meat with mouthwatering flavor.

What Are Smoking Chunks?

Smoking chunks are pieces of hardwood typically under two inches in length and are an ideal choice for producing smoke over long periods. Smoking chunks create more smoke and do so for longer, meaning you won’t have to add more wood every half-hour.

Many people who smoke their food use a smoker, which is a piece of equipment that cooks food in a controlled environment at lower temperatures. Smokers come in many forms and sizes, ranging from tiny electric units to large smoker rigs.

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Best Smoking Chunks Flavors

Below we’ll discuss several species of wood commonly used for smoking, and discuss the flavors each adds to your food. It is not uncommon for chefs to mix multiple types of wood chunks. Our wood chunks for smoking are all treated with the utmost care to ensure they provide the most flavor for your meal.

  • Oak: Oak is a classic go-to wood for meat smoking and is a smart choice for those new to smoking. This wood does not have a particularly strong flavor, which makes it ideal for cooking brisket, beef, sausages, and pizza. At Cutting Edge Wood, we sell a small box of white oak chunks for $39 that lasts for eight to 12 meals. We also sell a large box that is good for 40 to 55 meals and costs $119.
  • Hickory: This wood type is perhaps the most versatile, as there are many ways to smoke wood with it. Hickory has a reputation for its particularly strong flavor, so when smoking with this type of wood, take care so it doesn’t end up imparting a bitter flavor. It requires some practice to use well, and we recommend mixing it with oak to ensure the flavor is not too strong. When used correctly, its flavor can be sweet, hearty and slightly bacony. Hickory is an excellent choice for grilling burgers, steaks, ribs, and bigger cuts of pork shoulders. At Cutting Edge Firewood, we offer a small box of hickory wood chunks for $49 and a large box for $149.
  • Cherry: This mild fruit wood is perfect for smoking or grilling and has a sweet flavor that works particularly well with chicken, pork, ham, and turkey. If you mix it with hickory or other similar hardwoods, the resulting flavor is delicious. A small box of cherry wood chunks costs $49, and a large box costs $149.
  • Pecan: Pecan provides a sweet, rich and nutty flavor that complements practically any food. It’s so sweet that you might want to balance the flavor out by mixing it with a harder wood. Pecan works great with roasts, briskets, and ribs and it’s also easy to ignite. At Cutting Edge Firewood, we sell a small box for $69 and a large box for $199.
  • Whiskey: Wood from oak whiskey barrels adds a unique flavor. We recommend experienced smokers only use three whiskey chunks when smoking. Start with one chunk at the beginning, add another about halfway through your cooking, and the final one near the end to make sure the whiskey flavor gets thoroughly infused.

grill needed for using wood in cooking

What Kind of Smoker/Grill Do You Need for Smoking Chunks?

Before smoking, make sure your smoker or grill can use wood chunks. If you’re currently shopping for a smoker, here are some brands we recommend.

1. Big Green Egg Wood for Smoking & Grilling

Big Green Egg is perhaps the most popular brand on the market. In fact, its fans even have a name: “eggheads.” This top-of-the-line product features meticulously crafted top and bottom vents that allow users to precisely control the temperature. It also features a stainless steel grid that should remain fresh with little care and a porcelain exterior that will stay shiny for many years to come.

The product also comes in a wide range of sizes: XXLarge, XLarge, Large, Medium, Small, MiniMax, and Mini. The XXLarge is a 424-pound unit with 672 square inches of cooking area that allows users to cook 35 to 40 burgers simultaneously, which obviously has many commercial uses. The Mini, on the other hand, weighs 39 pounds and has 79 square inches of cooking area.

Here are some advantages of the Big Green Egg.

  • Well-known: Big Green Egg is the most recognizable name in the grilling and smoking industry.
  • Quality construction: Big Green Egg manufactures all components with care.
  • Variety of sizes: You’ll most certainly find one that suits your needs.
  • Many accessories: You can add carts, side tables, deflectors, and other useful accessories to your Big Green Egg.

2. Kamado Joe Wood for Smoking & Grilling

Kamado Joe is an innovative brand that offers several handy add-ons such as:

  • An ash tool
  • Side tables that flip up
  • A divide-and-conquer system
  • A stand on wheels

You can opt to forgo these extras if you’d rather have a bigger table for setting up. If this is the case, you can purchase a standalone unit and a sturdy table to put the grill on.

Kamado Joe’s most popular product is the Joe Classic 18″, which is so thick that the outside remains fairly cool while cooking.

Recent redesigns of the Joe Classic feature several innovations: Its recently developed Air Lift Hinge prevents the lid from slamming shut if you accidentally let go of the handle, the new top vent prevents rain from entering and gives users more control, and the pull-out ash drawer makes it much easier to clean the grill.

Here are the Kamado Joe’s best features.

  • Thick ceramic walls: These keep the outside surface from getting too hot.
  • Versatile uses: This grill’s versatility makes up for its average size.
  • Innovative features: The hinge, the new top vent, and the ash drawer are just a few of the company’s recent innovations.
  • Attractive: Kamado Joe’s design features striking red porcelain.

3. Primo Wood for Smoking & Grilling

If you’re worried your smoker won’t be wide enough to accommodate large cuts, this will not be a concern with the U.S.-made Primo Oval. As its name implies, this smoker is oval, rather than circular. With its additional width, this unit can easily accommodate ribs, and users can divide the firebox charcoal to create two separate heat zones.

The Primo Oval weighs an impressive 250 pounds. However, note this weight includes a top vent made of cast iron and a cooking area of 300 square inches. And if that’s not enough space for you, you can use a rack system to increase that area to 495 square inches.

The Primo comes in larger sizes, including the 400-square-inch Oval XL, and a smaller 210-square-inch model is available as well.

Here are some advantages of this brand.

  • More cooking room: Thanks to its oval shape, the Primo Oval is ideal for those who like to cook large cuts like ribs.
  • Grills are dual-sided: That leads to a longer lifespan.
  • The firebox is dividable: Users can cook two different items simultaneously and can cook with indirect heat.
  • Made in America: Primo is the only Kamado style grill that’s made in America.

This is our particular favorite. If you order the Primo from Cutting Edge Firewood, we can help ensure you have the best accessories to make your smoking experience simple and more enjoyable. Our Delivery artisans will even provide complementary set-up!

How Long Do Smoking Chunks Last?

The shelf life of our smoking chunks can last years if stored indoors in a dry area, and you may be able to use them once or twice for cooking. For instance, if you use three chunks to smoke and parts of them are still wood when you finish, you might only have to use one to two the next time you cook. If you are grilling, however, you will probably not be able to reuse them.

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Wood Chips or Chunks for Smoking?

When smoking, one choice you must make is whether to use wood chunks or wood chips.

Chips consist of small shavings and scraps of wood that ignite quickly. However, they also burn out quickly — usually too quickly to add any real flavor to your meat. Perhaps the greatest advantage of chips is that they are widely available.

Chunks, on the other hand, are pieces of wood roughly the size of a fist. Although it takes longer for them to ignite fully, they will burn in a grill for at least an hour, and in a smoker, they can last for several hours. For this reason, we recommend chunks for smoking your food.

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Can I Use Smoking Chunks With Charcoal?

Yes. Smoking chunks and charcoal make a perfect pair, with charcoal as the primary provider of heat and the wood as the primary provider of flavor. Here are some tips on how to use the two together.

  • Get the right equipment: If you have a smoker or other device you know can use both wood and charcoal, this is a great start.
  • Start with less: Begin your cooking with less on your first time using the chunks. A single piece can add a lot of true smoke flavor, and it’s easy to add more to the next cook. This is particularly true of the Hickory and Pecan, which have very strong flavors. Usually you can get away with using a few chunks of the oak and cherry.
  • Start with a plan: Whether grilling or smoking, it is important to add the wood at the beginning of the cook since there is a short window of the meat absorbing the flavor. Also, don’t let too much time pass from when you ignite the chunks from when you start grilling or smoking the meat. Wood loses its flavor as it turns to coals.
  • Don’t light all the charcoal at the beginning: If you’re planning to cook for many hours — which muscled meats like pork shoulders require — keep some of your charcoal unlit at the start. When you ignite the charcoal later, it will help maintain the same temperature.
  • If your meat drips directly onto the charcoal, you can use less wood: If the juice from your meat will drip onto your charcoal, this will lead to the production of smoke vapor, which means you won’t need as much wood to add a smoky flavor.
  • To maximize the flavor infusion, use ultra kiln dried smoking chunks: Wood chunks from Cutting Edge Wood are a perfect choice, since we dry our wood by conditioning it for 48 hours, which is 12 times longer than the USDA requires.
  • Have enough charcoal ready: Although the amount of coals necessary depends on your cooking method, the charcoal brand, and your equipment, try to have a minimum of 10 pounds of charcoal ready for a day of cooking.

Should You Soak Smoking Chunks?

Although the dry wood vs. wet wood debate has been raging for a long time, the quick answer is no. Here are the reasons why.

  • Wood doesn’t absorb much water: Studies have shown that, even after soaking for hours, wood chunks absorb very small amounts of water. Taking cross-sections of a variety of hardwood species revealed the penetration of water is minimal past the surface. After all, why do you think wooden ships have been crossing the oceans for centuries?
  • They don’t produce as much smoke as you think: Despite appearances, soaked wood doesn’t start smoking right away. The “smoke” you’re seeing is water that is evaporating and becoming steam. The wood will not be able to impart its smoky flavor to your food until the moisture has evaporated completely.
  • Wet wood does not mean a longer smoke: As the above point just proved, soaked wood will not smoke for longer. Steaming does not equal smoking.
  • Soaked wood can be bad for charcoal cookers: If you are cooking with a charcoal cooker, wet wood can smother your fire.

There is one exception to this advice: when you’re plank cooking. For those unfamiliar with the technique, plank cooking refers to placing food on a piece of wood directly and cooking it. By cooking food this way, the food absorbs the natural flavors of the plank.

If you decide to cook using this method, the first thing you should do is soak the piece of wood for several hours before you place it on your grill. Although the wood won’t absorb very much water, the water will keep the plank from bursting into flames and burning up your food. Forgetting to soak in this case could lead to a costly mistake.

Ultimately, you want to create a fire that burns cleanly and produces a smoke that is thin, sweet-smelling, and nearly invisible. Although the dry wood vs. wet wood debate is not likely to end anytime soon, the reality of the situation is that soaking your wood before smoking is rarely of any use. For wood to smoke, it must be dry, so wetting your wood is just wasting time.

Where to Buy Wood Chunks for Smoking Meat

Whether you are looking for Big Green Egg smoking chunks, Primo smoking chunks, or wood chunks for Kamado Joe, Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best wood chunks on the market.

The high quality of our chunks is largely due to the process we use. Most other companies will season their chunks before kiln drying them, which causes the flavor-rich sapwood to rot, resulting in logs that are largely flavorless.

At Cutting Edge, we know better. Cutting Edge has a burning passion for fire — a passion you’ll notice in both our high-quality kiln dried firewood and the professional delivery service we provide.

Our smoking chunks come in a box, and we can ship anywhere in the United States. The best part? Shipping is complementary for almost every box of chunks and location! Visit us online to browse and order our premium cooking wood.

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