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Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Anubis » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:28 am

Hi Guys,
Just a quick one, any of you had any luck in finding a source of virgin American oak in SA, preferably off cuts.
I can find chips online (raw and barrels), but I want to make and toast my own staves from virgin wood.

Thought i'd ask here first before is start calling local timber yards. Just in case someone else has already gone through this and can point me in the right direction

Many thanks
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Anubis » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:49 am

Came across this ad:
https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/edwards ... 1220548648

Will try and get a smaller length from the seller. But I'd still be interested if anyone has come across a place that would supply offcuts
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Carol » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:14 am

I found some American Oak offcuts online - www.ironwoodsmokers.com.au.
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Anubis » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:42 am

Carol wrote:I found some American Oak offcuts online - http://www.ironwoodsmokers.com.au.


Legend. :text-thankyoublue:

I'll happily fall back to online ordering if i can't find it locally.
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Anubis » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:08 pm

Carol wrote:I found some American Oak offcuts online - http://www.ironwoodsmokers.com.au.


Hi Carol,

Following your lead I went searching for wood smoker suppliers and found this mob (link below) that do split wood chunks of american oak and are located in SA
https://www.aromawood.com.au/

Thanks for your comment above, really did set me on the right path to finding what i needed :happy-partydance:
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby bluc » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:52 pm

Check out your local coopers they may have offcuts :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Rock » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:34 pm

I just buy mine through 5Star store , it's already charred and perfect size.
My last batch 1kg french med char was just over $20 + 13.50 postage.
Saves me looking and charring and toasting,
Still miles ahead of the old HBS cordial, turbo's and ect.ect.
Obviously, my opinion
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby wynnum1 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:44 pm

Suber Oak International they seem to be in SA i think there was a bulk buy many years ago.
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby The Stig » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:59 pm

If you want a 30kg bag
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Triangle » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:24 am

If you get stuck.....this is what I do for all my wine making oak.

I buy used good condition barrels, strip and plane the staves on both sides back to clean wood.
Then chop them up on a cut off saw to manageable sizes.

All the left overs are used for smoking meat.
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby bluc » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:57 am

Any reason to not just use the barrel? Guessing to big..
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Anubis » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:32 pm

bluc wrote:Any reason to not just use the barrel? Guessing to big..


I want to experiment with roasting and Charing my own oak. See if I can get greater control over flavours emparted

Have alot of experience with using chips, pre-roasted staves and wine barrels staves/chips. But I feel I'm at the mercy of the roaster or the history of the wood here. I want to see if I can instead take some control of that process

That's not to say pre-roasted staves or wine barrels are bad, not at all. More a process of experimentation and personal knowledge gain.
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It may well end up being one of these situations where the effort is not worth the reward. But gotta try :)
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby bluc » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:57 pm

Sorry anubis that was directed at triangle. I agree with you that virgin oak makes a difference you definately get a more authentic bourbon taste from bwko type drinks when using new charred A.O
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby vqstatesman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:18 pm

Tubbies in SA are good. Have a look at this thread https://aussiedistiller.com.au/viewtopi ... =22&t=3581
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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby Anubis » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:05 am

vqstatesman wrote:Tubbies in SA are good. Have a look at this thread viewtopic.php?f=22&t=3581


oh wow, thanks mate, that pretty much exactly what I'm after.
Wonder why i didn't see this when I searched the forum before posting this? I'm guessing I was blind ~x(

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Re: Where can I find American Oak (SA)

Postby woodduck » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:14 pm

I don't think tubbies have new raw oak I believe they cut down larger barrels to make the smaller ones. I use their off cuts for my ageing and find them good.
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