Why should you use 100% food-grade pellets in your pellet grills and smokers?
Cookshack barbecue pellets are made from hardwoods that contain fewer resins and the pellets are produced in a controlled process to ensure a food grade product. Our food grade pellets are made by pulverizing and drying hardwood sawdust and extruding to an uniform density through a rotating die under enormous heat and pressure (250° F @ 3,000 PSI). The pellets get their shape from the naturally occurring lignin in the wood. The pellets are cooled and placed in 20 lb. bags.
Food-Grade Pellet Specifications are:
- ¼” Diameter
- ½” – 1” Length
- 100% Hardwood Content
- 40-46 lbs/cubic feet Density
- 6 to 8% Moisture Content
- 8,000 – 9,000 btu/lb
- 1% of less Ash Content
- Bark Free
Food grade pellets contain fewer fillers and have less moisture content and ash than pellets used in wood burning stoves and furnaces. Pellets used for stoves and furnaces will also sometimes contain a gluing agent or something to bind the pellets together that is not food grade quality as required by the USDA. Pellets manufactured for wood stoves are available in two grades: premium and standard. Standard pellets are made from forest waste and contain branches and bark. You want to look out for bark content because bark content in pellets affects the BTU. Performance quality is vital to get the right results!
Food grade pellets are clean-burning that produce very little ash with a low creosote buildup.
Cookshack offers four food grade pellet flavors (all pellets are 60% oak and 40% flavor, oak pellets are 100% oak wood) in 20 lb. Bags:
- Hickory – most popular hardwood that gives a sweet, smoky traditional Southern-style flavor
- Mesquite – has a stronger woody taste and complements duck, lamb and beef
- Oak – works with pork, red meat, fish, and game meats; it is more subtle than hickory and stronger than fruitwoods.
- Fruitwood – mixes well with veal, poultry, and pork
Quantity discounts are available. Pellets are easily obtainable, inexpensive and easy to store as compared to traditional logs. We recommend storing pellets in a dry well-ventilated area. Do not store wood pellets near potential ignition sources.
Food grade wood pellets burn more efficiently than raw wood used in stick burner pits. Wood pellets are a superior cooking technology, providing the best cooking platform for barbecue recipes.
In order to maintain your warranty in Cookshack products, food grade pellets must be used in the units.