November 27, 2019

Are you looking to purchase a new smoker? The right smoker can make a world of difference in the flavor, texture and overall quality of your smoked foods. Whether you’re smoking a beef brisket, a pork shoulder, chicken wings or even fish, it will provide an enclosed environment that traps flavorful smoke. When shopping for a smoker, though, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether to choose a gas or wood smoker. While both types are capable of smoking a variety of meats and veggies, they aren’t necessarily the same.

What Is a Gas Smoker?

A gas smoker is a type of smoker that’s characterized by the use of a gas-fueled flame. They typically work in conjunction with one or more tanks of gas. The tanks sit on a bottom shelf where they connect to the smoker’s burners via a rubber hose. Some gas smokers use liquid propane gas, whereas others use butane or natural gas. If a smoker uses natural gas, it typically won’t have a tank. Instead, it will connect to your home’s existing natural gas system. Regardless, all gas smokers use gas to fuel the flame.

To smoke meat in a gas smoker, you must open the valve on the gas tank and turn on the burner. Most gas smokers feature precision-control mechanisms for the temperature. Once the burner is active, you can easily raise or lower the smoker’s temperature to achieve the ideal smoking environment. Raising the temperature releases more gas from the tank, thereby fueling the flame to create more heat. In comparison, lowering the temperature results in less gas being released from the tank to achieve a lower internal temperature in the gas smoker.

What Is a Wood Smoker?

A wood smoker, on the other hand, is a type of smoker that uses wood — either with or without charcoal — as the fuel source. They don’t support the use of liquid propane, butane or natural gas. Wood smokers only work with wood-based sources of fuel, such as cooking wood, smoking chunks, wood chips or wood pellets.

Some wood smokers feature a similar shape and design as conventional charcoal grills. As shown below, they consist of a single large and enclosed compartment with a cooking grate. You lift the cooking grate, at which point you can add your desired wood to the bottom of the smoker. Once lit, the wood will burn to create a hot fire while simultaneously surrounding your food with flavorful smoke.

Other types of wood smokers feature an offset design. An offset wood smoker is essentially the same as the aforementioned type of smoker, except it features an extra compartment attached to the side. Offset smokers have a main compartment, which is usually shaped like a barrel, but they also contain a smaller cylindrical-shaped compartment attached to the side. The purpose of the smaller, secondary compartment is to smoke foods using indirect heat. You can place your cooking wood, for instance, in the offset smoker’s secondary compartment and your food in the main compartment. Because the secondary compartment is located on the side of the offset smoker, it will expose your food to less heat.

Why Wood Smokers Are the Best

While gas smokers typically heat up faster, as well as offer greater control over cooking temperatures, their performance pales in comparison to that of wood smokers. Whether it’s liquid propane, butane or natural gas, gas doesn’t enhance the flavor of smoked food. On the contrary, many pitmasters will agree that foods cooked in a gas smoker have a harsh chemical-like taste. As the gas burns, it will release chemical vapors that are absorbed by your food.

In terms of flavor, wood smokers are unparalleled in their ability to smoke delicious meats and veggies. As the cooking wood heats up, it will release smoke that fills the interior of your smoker. Regardless of what type of food you are smoking, it will absorb some of this smoke. Different types of cooking wood have different flavors. All high-quality varieties, however, offer a delicious flavor that complements most meats and veggies.

With a wood smoker, you don’t have to worry about keeping a full gas tank on hand. A typical 15-pound tank of liquid propane only offers about 15 to 20 hours of usage. After smoking several meals with a 15-pound tank, you’ll have to refill it, which can be both time-consuming and expensive. Cooking wood doesn’t last forever, but as long as you keep a supply of it on hand, you can continue to smoke delicious foods using a wood smoker.

Wood smokers are also inherently safer than gas smokers. Whenever gas and fire are used together, there’s a potential for an explosion. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 9,000 house fires occur annually in the United States as a result of grills, with gas-fueled grills contributing to more house fires than their wood-fueled counterparts. You should still follow some basic safety measures when using a wood smoker, such as not leaving it unattended and avoiding the use of lighter fluid and other accelerants. With that said, wood smokers are inherently safer than gas smokers since they only use wood as fuel.

What About Electric Smokers?

While most smokers use either liquid propane or wood, some use electricity to create the heat needed to cook and smoke foods. Known as electric smokers, they required a corded connection to an electrical outlet. When plugged in and turned on, electricity flows through the smoker’s heating coils until the desired temperature has been reached.

Electric smokers don’t produce the same harsh flavor as gas smokers. Unfortunately, though, they still lack the delicious and all-natural flavor of high-quality cooking wood or smoking chunks. For the best-tasting food, you’ll need to use a wood smoker in conjunction with premium cooking wood or smoking chunks.

Tips on Using a Wood Smoker

If you’re going to invest in a wood smoker, there are a few things you should know. As explained in part two of our Becoming a Backyard BBQ Master series, you should smoke meat using indirect heat. One way to accomplish this is to invest in an offset wood smoker. Alternatively, you can create a hot zone and a cold zone in your smoker, placing your meat in the latter area to prevent it from cooking too quickly. This involves placing all your wood to either the left or right side of your smoker, and once it begins burning, add your meat to the cooking grate on the opposite side.

The performance of a wood smoker is heavily dependent upon the type of wood with which it’s used. Low-quality cooking wood doesn’t offer the same delicious flavor as high-quality cooking wood. Softwoods, for instance, are generally a poor choice of fuel because of their high moisture and resin content. Hardwoods, on the other hand, have substantially less moisture and resin, making them preferable when smoking foods.

Experience the difference high-quality cooking wood makes in your wood smoker by visiting our online store today. Cutting Edge Firewood is the premier vendor of premium cooking wood and smoking chunks, all of which you can use in your wood smoker.

The Ultimate Guide to S'mores
June 5, 2019

Summer has arrived, which means s’more season is officially in full swing. Roasting marshmallows over an open fire consistently triggers great memories. Because of that, we’ve brought together the ultimate guide to making the best s’mores.

When you make s’mores with family and friends, there should be more than nostalgia fueling the fun. This is a dessert that has earned its own national s’mores day, after all (August 10, if you were wondering).

Often times, when we eat something we loved in childhood, it doesn’t quite match up to the memories. If you follow the tips on how to make s’mores in this post, and you will wonder why you aren’t making them more often.

1) Get everything you need ready

smores sticks - Roasting Forks

I can remember many campfires growing up where we decided to make s’mores. We had all the ingredients ready, but then had to wander around the woods in the dark (while hoping to avoid poison ivy) and look for a s’mores stick long enough to roast the marshmallow. On multiple occasions, the s’mores stick I found on the ground was way too short. I’d spend the next few minutes holding the marshmallow near the fire for a few seconds, then pulling it away because my hand was starting to burn. This dance wasn’t that nice.

And of course, there was always the clothes hanger. We spent many campfires trying to unwind metal clothes hangers and then debating if the white paint on them would poison our marshmallows. Once we were done, we never knew what to do with these long and pointy things that could never return to their original form.

But nothing is worse than toasting a marshmallow and realizing you forgot something at the store or still need to unpack the graham crackers and chocolate. Odds are your marshmallow would fall on the ground in the process, get cold, or just get eaten before you had achieved s’more perfection.

So make sure you have some reliable s’more roasting forks handy, and get all your ingredients ready to go.

2) Try more s’more ingredients

Speaking of ingredients, the basic s’more recipe is simple:

  • 2 pieces of graham cracker
  • 1-2 roasted marshmallows
  • 1-2 pieces of milk chocolate

If you only eat s’mores that contain those three ingredients, you’re still technically eating s’mores. But that’s kind of like eating nothing but cheese pizza – you’re missing out on a world of possibilities.

Oreo S'mores for the win!

For instance, have you ever tried trading that piece of milk chocolate for a Reese’s peanut butter cup or a couple of Rolo’s?

Have you ever considered replacing the graham crackers with chocolate chip cookies or Oreos? Oreo s’mores are like a whole new world!

What if you added strawberry slices or peanut butter inside the s’more?

There are countless options out there, but this collection of 39 s’more hacks should give you plenty of ideas to get through the summer.

3) Roast the chocolate while you roast the marshmallow

One of the simplest hacks to making an amazing s’mores dessert is to roast the chocolate at the same time you roast the marshmallow. You obviously cannot put the chocolate on a roasting fork – it would melt and fall off.

So instead, place the chocolate (or Reese’s or whatever you choose to use) on the graham cracker and simply set it near the fire. You’ve got to be careful here – too close and it will melt everything entirely or even burn your hand.

How to melt the chocolate in your s'mores

Chocolate doesn’t need a lot of heat to melt, so just make sure it’s a warm area and let the fire do the work. Then, when your marshmallow is ready you can create your s’more sandwich. The warm, melted chocolate is amazing and once you try it, you’ll never go back. You might get a little extra chocolate dripping down your face, but we promise it’s worth it.

4) Roast it over the coals

This is one of my pet peeves and perhaps the greatest controversy when answering the question, how to make s’mores. Many people choose to simply shove their marshmallow into the flame, let it catch on fire, and then blow it out. I call this method the “burn and blow” and think it is the worst.

how to make the best s'moresIf you genuinely prefer this method of roasting marshmallows, then I guess it’s a free country and you can do what you want.

But in my view, you will never make the perfect s’more with a marshmallow that is burnt on the outside and cold on the inside. I can’t think of a single food item where people prefer the burnt version over a properly cooked version.

The key to successfully roasting a marshmallow is to do it slowly over the coals of the fire. You’ll need to wait a bit for the fire to burn and watch for those coals to fall to the side. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, s’more perfection awaits!

If you roast the marshmallows over the coals and slowly rotate them, they will turn golden brown on the outside and warm through to the center. Does roasting them properly take longer than the burn and blow method? Yes, but we’re talking 1 minute verses 10 seconds, not a whole hour.

So if you want the best s’more possible, take the extra few seconds and actually roast the marshmallows.

5) Use an actual fire

The internet is filled with alternative methods for making s’mores: Cook them in the oven or microwave! Cook them over a candle! Use the toaster!

making s'mores together

But in my mind, cooking a s’more over anything but an actual fire defeats the purpose. You don’t make a s’more just to have something yummy to eat (although that is clearly a benefit). You make s’mores for the shared experience, for the time together around a campfire, and the memories that it can create.

For many kids, cooking a s’more over a fire might literally be their first time cooking anything. Teaching others how to properly cook a s’more, roast a marshmallow, or warm the chocolate is a great way to connect.

Sometimes, weather doesn’t cooperate and you need to make s’mores inside. That’s ok, because most likely you have a fireplace inside where you can make s’mores as well. The hearth creates a nice place to warm that chocolate and you can still turn s’more making into a community undertaking.

6) Take the necessary safety steps

Nothing ruins a good s’more faster than a burnt hand or out of control fire. Anytime you create a fire, it’s important to follow the necessary safety steps. Since making s’mores requires you (and often younger children) to be closer than normal to the fire, safety is even more important.

Smokey Bear provides a complete list of campfire safety rules, but here are a few that relate specifically to making the best s’mores:

  • Only create a fire for s’mores in a safe fire pit or fireplace
  • Never get too close to the fire or touch the flames
  • Keep s’more ingredients far away from the fire – not only could they melt, but an entire bag or box could fall into the fire and cause problems
  • Always supervise children around fires and while making s’mores
  • Have water nearby so the fire can be put out completely when necessary
  • Never wave roasting forks around, especially if there is a flaming marshmallow on it
  • Be careful not to touch the flame side of the roasting fork with your fingers – it’s hot!

7) Teamwork makes the dream work

Depending on how long your roasting fork is, it can be quite difficult to place a marshmallow between two graham crackers using just your two hands. The graham cracker might break, the chocolate could fall out, or you might only get 10% of the marshmallow inside the sandwich while the rest explodes out the side.

But teamwork makes the dream work! As you roast marshmallows, ask a friend to prepare your ingredients of choice and then help you make your s’more. You’ve got a much better shot at keeping everything together and properly proportioned. Once you’ve had your own delicious s’more, you can return the favor for your friend.

This principle is especially true with younger kids. It’s great to involve them in the s’more making process, but they’re more prone to hurting themselves or destroying the s’more when they do it themselves. Give them a helping hand and give them a s’more experience they’ll remember for years. Odds are, they’ll remember the person who taught them how to make s’mores for much longer than they remember what their first s’more tasted like.

8) Use the best firewood for the best s’mores

There was a time when I believed that making a good s’more over an open fire required a certain level of smoke inhalation. This was because, as a kid, we would build fires using wood that had just fallen from trees and was still pretty wet. This unseasoned wood would create a lot of smoke, and it was only a matter of time before the wind changed and you got smoked out.

When you cook s’mores over a fire with Cutting Edge Firewood, however, things are different. We deliver the best firewood available, period.

best firewood for making s'mores

So what does this mean for making s’mores?

First, our firewood creates less smoke. You don’t have to suffer through copious amounts of smoke in your eyes just to enjoy a s’more!

Second, our firewood is easier to light. A single match is all you need and you’ll have a crackling fire burning in no time. This takes the stress out of starting a fire and saves you (and every other s’more eater) substantial time.

And third, Cutting Edge firewood burns hotter and longer. Want to make a s’more now? Great! Go for it! Still want to make a s’more an hour later? No problem! Keep the fire going with the best firewood available and you’ll get to enjoy the best s’mores all night.

Shop quality firewood today so you can be ready for your next s’mores adventure.

Your turn: Do you have any tips or tricks for making s’mores? Leave a comment below!

April 16, 2019

You can smoke meat on nearly any grill or smoker, but few cooking devices offer the performance and versatility of the Big Green Egg. Originally released in the 1970s, it features a Japanese kamado-style design consisting of a large egg-shaped container with a cooking grate in the middle. So, why should you smoke meat on the Big Green Egg?

#1) Traps Flavorful Smoke

The Big Green features a sealed design that traps flavorful smoke. Whether you are smoking beef, chicken, pork or fish, the amount of smoke to which your meat is exposed will affect its flavor. If you use a smoker that leaks smoke, your meat won’t taste as delicious. With its sealed design, however, smoke will remain inside the Big Green Egg where it enhances the flavor of your meat.

#2) Insulated Ceramic Construction

While other smokers typically feature a stainless steel construction, the Big Green Egg features a ceramic construction that acts as insulation. Ceramic is an excellent material for preventing the loss of thermal energy. By definition, ceramic is any type of solid, inorganic material that’s exposed to high temperatures. When used in the construction of a smoker, such as the Big Green Egg, ceramic traps heat to offer a more efficient smoking experience.

#3) High-Quality Stainless Steel Cooking Grate

You don’t have to worry about the Big Green Egg’s cooking grate rusting. It’s made of high-quality stainless steel that inhibits oxidation, thereby protecting the grate from rusting. You should still clean the grate on a regular basis, ideally each time you use it. But with its stainless steel design, the Big Green Egg’s cooking grate won’t rust, allowing you to use it for countless cookouts.

#4) Dual Draft Doors

You can easily control the internal temperature of the Big Green Egg using its dual draft doors. The draft doors are essentially air vents to pull fresh air into the fuel chamber where your charcoal and wood burns. While many low-end smokers only have a single draft door, the Big Green Egg features two: one at the bottom and another at the bottom. By opening the draft doors, you can increase the temperature of your Big Green Egg. And if you need to lower the temperature, you can close the draft doors.

#5) Over a Half-Dozen Sizes

Whether you’re looking for a small smoker to cook a few hamburgers or an oversized smoker to cook several racks of ribs, there’s probably a Big Green Egg to meet your needs. It’s currently offered in over a half-dozen sizes, including Mini, MiniMax, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and 2XL. The 2XL, of course, is the largest model, featuring 672 square inches of cooking space — the equivalent of about 35 to 40 hamburger patties. The Mini, on the other hand, is the smallest model, though it still offers about 79 square inches of cooking space. Consider how much meat you intend to smoke during a typical cookout, and choose an appropriately sized model. If you only smoke a few hamburgers at a time, a Mini model will likely suffice.

#6) Isn’t Affected By Rain

Wouldn’t it be great if the weather was always nice and sunny when you want to smoke meat? Regardless of where you live, you won’t have the luxury of experiencing clear skies all 365 days of the year. The good news is that you can still smoke meat when it’s raining outside if you use the Big Green Egg. Rainwater will simply drip off the sides of the Big Green Egg while having minimal effect on its internal temperature. As a result, your charcoal and wood will stay dry inside the Big Green Egg’s ceramic shell, allowing it to burn and smoke even in bad weather.

#7) Less Charcoal and Wood Required

With its heavily insulated ceramic construction, the Big Green Egg requires charcoal and cooking wood than other types of smokers. As your charcoal and cooking wood burns, the heat — along with the smoke — become trapped inside the Big Green Egg’s ceramic shell. Because of its insulated ceramic design, the Big Green Egg generally requires less charcoal and cooking wood. This is just one more reason to consider purchasing the Big Green Egg.

The Big Green Egg isn’t cheap, but you should think of it as an investment. Since it’s heavily insulated, it could save you money on charcoal and cooking wood. If you usually go through a half bag charcoal, for example, you may only need to use a quarter of a bag. Over the course of a year, that can translate into big bucks. Furthermore, you can use the Big Green Egg for more than just smoking; it’s perfect for grilling and even baking.

Find the best deals on premium smoking chunks by visiting our online store today. Cutting Edge Firewood offers a variety of high-quality smoking chunks, including white oak, hickory, cherry, pecan and whiskey, all of which will allow you to smoke delicious meat.

Decorating with Firewood
May 23, 2018

One of the most timeless decorating techniques is the use of firewood. The right firewood can provide a striking visual, a pleasant aroma, and plenty of warmth.

Firewood displays come in every shape and size imaginable, which might make them feel intimidating. In this article we’ll introduce a few tips for using firewood for interior design. If you want to go in-depth, then make sure you download our exclusive pdf guide to decorating with firewood.

Where to Display Your Firewood: 4 Considerations

When deciding where and how to display your firewood, there are a few key elements to keep in mind:

  • Convenience: Would you rather have your firewood close by, or carry it some distance? You’ll get the most out of your wood if you store it near your fireplace or fire pit. Nothing is worse than trudging out into the cold rain when you want a nice fire inside. Accessible display areas make your interior design functional, and you’ll be much more inclined to use the firewood.
  • Aesthetics: Firewood displays should contribute something to the space they occupy. They might complement the interior design or serve as a statement piece — like a bold couch or rug. Whatever the case, considering aesthetic appeal when displaying firewood will add unique style to your living room or patio.
  • Longevity: The way you store your firewood significantly impacts how long it will last and how well it burns. To start fires efficiently, your firewood needs to maintain a low moisture content. Whether you’re displaying your wood indoors or outdoors, you’ll want to find a way to keep it as dry as possible.
  • Aroma: Quality firewood provides an amazing aroma, but seasoned or green firewood could contain mold, fungus, or pests. You’ll want to ensure you select high end, kiln dried firewood that can provide a fresh aroma and makes people feel welcome.

If you’re looking for a great type of firewood for interior display, then look no further than Cutting Edge Firewood. Our rigorous drying process ensures that our firewood arrives with no bugs, mold, or fungus. Our wood is hand selected, ensuring you only receive beautiful pieces and everything is free from dirt. It’s safe to store anywhere in your home!

If you choose Cutting Edge Firewood, your carpet and your family will appreciate the choice!

Fireplace and firewood display

What to Display Your Firewood In:

Because indoor displays protect your firewood from the weather and most moisture, convenience and aesthetics drive indoor firewood displays. Your display should balance style and functionality, and there are many ways to achieve this:

  • Shelving: Though it may seem unconventional, sturdy shelving near a fireplace makes an excellent display area. Use as many or as few empty spaces as needed to customize the amount of wood you’ll use and how bold the display looks. You can mix and match typical shelf decor — books, photos, baubles, and more — with stacked firewood to incorporate the shelves seamlessly with the rest of your space.
  • Room cutouts: If your home has a wall cutout near the fireplace, you can fill it with firewood for a bold, modern display. Indoor firewood stacking creates a clean, organized display that can be as tall or short as you desire. Some firewood delivery services will stack wood for you, and others will leave the task to you. Keep your firewood experience in mind when planning your display to ensure the method is sustainable as well as functional.
  • Decorative racks: Metal firewood racks comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, allowing you to pick the rack that fits your firewood needs and accents your interior design. Short racks near a fireplace are compact solutions that add a homey touch. Taller racks create more of a statement, like a stacked shelf or cutout. Some indoor firewood racks even mount to the wall or have wheels, making this display option fully customizable.
  • Inside fireplace: Displaying your firewood inside your fireplace creates an undeniably cozy atmosphere. Though this option doesn’t allow for as much wood storage as a rack or shelf, this may be a great option for a low-use fireplace. Stack the wood to emulate the warm aura of every holiday card fireplace, and use the wood when you’re ready for a fire. It’s a simple but effective way to get the most out of aesthetics and convenience.
  • Styled containers: If metal racks aren’t your style, try a vintage bucket or wicker basket. These containers offer more visual variety than decorative racks while preserving the functionality of nearby firewood. Match the container size and style to your interior design for a firewood display that fits right in.
  • Firewood Rack (4ft x 8ft x 14in)


    Stores the equivalent of four Cutting Edge Racks of Firewood (Patent Protected) or a stack of firewood that measures 4′ tall x 8′ wide and the depth is the length of one piece of firewood. Built to last, this firewood rack is a great way to keep your kiln dried firewood dry and ready to burn. Canvas cover is included. Complementary artisan delivery to greater Atlanta area with a purchase of firewood.

    This particular firewood rack does not include firewood – Firewood sold separately.

    This product receives complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

  • Hickory Firewood Rack


    Hickory is one of our best sellers, and for good reason. Kiln dried hickory firewood burns hotter and longer than any other firewood we offer. The signature aroma and crackle bring back positive memories from childhood and make it a customer favorite. Enthusiasts and casual burners alike have something to love.

    Our patent metal rack of hickory is 2′ wide and 4′ tall with enough quality firewood for 15-25 amazing fireside experiences. View more details below.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.


What to Display Alongside your Firewood

When decorating a room with firewood, consider adding some final touches. Firewood itself is beautiful, but the addition of a designer fire iron, handcrafted steel firewood tongs, andirons, or a firewood stand can make a world of difference. Not to mention you have everything you need at your fingertips.

The right firewood accessories can be an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home, and provide great functionality. They can provide a rustic and cozy feel that transforms the way you think about fireside experiences.

Cutting Edge Firewood offers a wide variety of fireside tools and accessories. View all of our accessories here, or see some of our favorites below.

More Ideas:

If you’d like to see how other people are using firewood to decorate their homes, then check out the following sources:

HGTV shows off several wonderful homes that have utilized firewood to add a cozy, luxurious feeling. A  stack of kiln dried firewood in a set of firewood tongs goes perfectly next to a massive fireplace in a rustic wood cabin. Or, picture a classy firewood stand next to an elegant fireplace and mantle in your home.

Style Motivation has 18 brilliant ideas to allow your home to embrace the full essence of top notch firewood, from the aesthetic to the aroma to the quality. Nothing beats the best of the best.

Our favorite resource, however, is our complete guide to decorating with firewood! This pdf document guide is available for free to all of our subscribers. Complete the form below to get your copy!

And of course, we would be more than happy to consult with you on the best types of firewood for display and how you can make the most of your space. Contact us today or visit our online store.

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