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Newbie here, just got a Kamado Big Joe 3. I haven’t even unboxed it yet, but hoping to very soon. I got the Kamado charcoal and now am looking at wood chunks. What brand do you guys use? When do you add the wood? Any tips/advice is greatly appreciated. I’m used to smoking meats on a pellet smoker, so this is all new to me. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Welcome Vfl57.  :welcome:  Because I don't have a non-internet, local source for wood chunks, I usually buy pre-bagged Cherry, Apple or Oak at Home Depot.  Kinda pricey to buy this way, I realize, but unless I want mesquite chunks which are plentiful here in SoAz,  I'm kind of a captive consumer.

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Thank you! I ended up ordering the Kamado Joe Apple Wood Chunks on Amazon. I checked the Atlanta Grill Company but it seems like they’re sold out of every other type and so is Amazon.

I saw Johns YouTube video smoke and it was very informative.

I set my Big Joe III up today and the instructions are awful. I was going crazy trying to find the fire grate and then finally read online the instruction manual wasn’t upgraded from last year. 

Any tips or suggestions for first cook or anything I should know before trying a first cook is greatly appreciated. 

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I also just found out from the Atlanta Grill Company that Kamado Joe stopped making the Cherry Wood Chunks which is why I can’t find it anywhere. Anyone have a recommendation on a good brand that I should get instead?

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I use whatever brand I can find at Lowes, Home Depot etc, as here in Alberta, there is not much hardwood locally that grows.

 

Various brands of mesquite, cherry, apple, hickory.  Can't say I've noticed any difference between brands.

 

I place my lump UNDERNEATH my charcoal as I find it burns much cleaner than when I place it on top, but my Keg burns very little to maintain temp, so that might be more specific to metal/insulated kamados than ceramic.  

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39 minutes ago, Vfl57 said:

I also just found out from the Atlanta Grill Company that Kamado Joe stopped making the Cherry Wood Chunks which is why I can’t find it anywhere. Anyone have a recommendation on a good brand that I should get instead?

I don't stick with any specific brand of wood. Where I live, all the stores have apple, cherry, pecan, hickory and mesquite. If I want anything else, I order on-line and look for the best price, regardless of brand.

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I just ordered a box of post oak from Fruita Wood.  The chunks last much longer than anything I've bought from the box stores.  I never understood how guys would say 1 or 2 chunks would last for an entire low and slow boston butt cook but I realize now my wood was burning too fast.  The fruita chunks burn slower to me and smell fantastic.

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