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Oak dominoes

Postby crikko » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:15 pm

Hi all,

I've been trying to find an answer, and im sure that its been asked before, but for the life of me i cannot find it.

Just wondering why i couldnt pick up a length of oak from bunnings or somewhere and make my own dominoes for aging?
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby Doubleuj » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:27 pm

It’s a different type of oak, I believe tassie oak that you buy from Bunnings isn’t actually a traditional type of oak at all.
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby gap » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:27 pm

Good luck getting American or French Oak from Bunnings.
Bunnings may have Tasmanian Oak, but that is not real Oak, is an Eucalyptus , ie gum tree.
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby deryn » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:08 pm

I buy american oak chunks online for $7.50 a kg. The store sells supplies for smoking meats. They are decent size chunks that I split up with a little axe.
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby db1979 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:51 am

Stay away from eucalypts, they are toxic. Keep to the tried and tested woods like oak, cherry, apple etc. Good thing you asked first before going ahead and poisoning yourself :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby crikko » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:41 pm

db1979 wrote:Stay away from eucalypts, they are toxic. Keep to the tried and tested woods like oak, cherry, apple etc. Good thing you asked first before going ahead and poisoning yourself :handgestures-thumbupleft:


You mean poisoning myself any more than normal? :-p :-p

Thanks for the tips. I had a look on bunnings website and they only have the tassy oak/eucalypt, but i found the site mentioned earlier so might see if anyone local wants to do a bulk order to save on shipping.

Has anyone tried any local woods like jarrah or lemon tree or anything like that?
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby Professor Green » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:28 am

Or you try 5 Star...
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby crikko » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:17 pm

Professor Green wrote:Or you try 5 Star...


I've had a look there professor, however shipping to where i am will make it very expensive and i dont have the money at the moment.
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby PeterC » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:18 pm

If you just want a bit to try then some HBS sell Samuel Willards branded dominoes, about 5 or 6 staves in a bag or you can buy Still Spirits branded ex-bourbon barrel chips. Gobblers or JD. I personally like these better than using essences. I have put a bag into 3L of 65% abv and aged for about 3 months as the chips develop quickly. Everyone has different tastes but to me this is ok for some sippin' whisky. Maybe not ideal for premium product but will do till I get better stuff made and aged.
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby scythe » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:02 pm

Have a look in the BBQ area of bunnings rather than the lumber section and you will find they have small packets (500g-1kg) of ex wine barrel oak chunks, for smoking meat.
The packs i saw were about 50x50xwhat ever thickness a wine barrel is (20-30mm?)
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby warramungas » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:49 pm

Bbqs galore? Dont they sell wood for smoking meat?
Just a thought. Dont know for certain but I imagine they, or similar BBQ stores, might. Not sure of the cost effectiveness of it all.
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby shortcut » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:39 pm

scythe wrote:Have a look in the BBQ area of bunnings rather than the lumber section and you will find they have small packets (500g-1kg) of ex wine barrel oak chunks, for smoking meat.
The packs i saw were about 50x50xwhat ever thickness a wine barrel is (20-30mm?)


You nailed it Scythe. Those oak wine barrel chunks at Bunnings are excellent.
I wasn’t sure they would be toasted enough for me so I hit some with the heat gun to get some colour into them. But in a side by side test, the untoasted chunks give the best result I reckon.
Good colour and flavour.
Also cheap as chips, 10 quid for a kg.
You just have to split em so they fit in your bottle. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby PeterC » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:47 pm

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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby Doubleuj » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:51 pm

PeterC wrote:$20 a kg at my local green shed
https://www.bunnings.com.au/char-grille ... s_p3171440

Too much end grain in my opinion, plus for the same price you can get proper staves from FSD
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby shortcut » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:38 pm

Doubleuj wrote:
PeterC wrote:$20 a kg at my local green shed
https://www.bunnings.com.au/char-grille ... s_p3171440

Too much end grain in my opinion, plus for the same price you can get proper staves from FSD


Whoops. My missus reckons You’re right,$20 bucks a kilo. Still cheaper but.
With postage they are almost $38 from FSD.

I know they are not better than FSD dominos, just something cheap that I reckon is worth playing with. I use them in the smoker anyway. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Oak dominoes

Postby dans.brew » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:07 pm

shortcut wrote:I know they are not better than FSD dominos, just something cheap that I reckon is worth playing with. I use them in the smoker anyway. :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Personally i wouldn't skimp on the quality of the oak you use... you've gone to the effort of making a quality spirit so you may as well finish it off the same. So much flavour comes from oak so you want it to be good stuff.
I use FSD A/O dominoes some of the time and they are great.
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