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Home Depot cedar boards - suitable for BBQ?

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Home Depot cedar boards - suitable for BBQ?

Anyone used Home Depot cedar boards for BBQ, say smoked salmon, by cutting them into suitable lengths? I assume this is untreated wood that can be used for cooking, just curious if anyone has gone this route... Costco used to have well priced cedar planks but they've been unavailable this season.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/porcup ... 1000170536
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Home Depot sells cedar that's both untreated and pressure treated. Make sure you get the untreated kind. Looks like the Canfor lumber is all pressure treated. This is untreated and cheap: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/thd-ge ... 1000173732
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I'd just get a different source for cedar planks. Boutique stores, Facebook marketplace always has them.
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Kiraly wrote: Home Depot sells cedar that's both untreated and pressure treated. Make sure you get the untreated kind. Looks like the Canfor lumber is all pressure treated. This is untreated and cheap: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/thd-ge ... 1000173732
The one in my post is untreated, albeit roughly cut. I found other 2x4x8 @ $12 that would be suitable for my miter saw. I think I'll go with that.
at1212b wrote: I'd just get a different source for cedar planks. Boutique stores, Facebook marketplace always has them.
It's a question of economics: I can get 24 4x6 planks for $13 = 54C/plank, that will last me the season.

The cheapest alternative I could find is from Amazon is 12 planks for $28 = $2.33/plank.

So, for 24 planks it's $13 vs $56...
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FastFret wrote: The one in my post is untreated, albeit roughly cut. I found other 2x4x8 @ $12 that would be suitable for my miter saw. I think I'll go with that.



It's a question of economics: I can get 24 4x6 planks for $13 = 54C/plank, that will last me the season.

The cheapest alternative I could find is from Amazon is 12 planks for $28 = $2.33/plank.

So, for 24 planks it's $13 vs $56...
I wouldn't take such a risk with my own health:

https://www.wildwoodgrilling.com/is-cedar-wood-toxic/

"Eastern Red Cedar

This species is poisonous and is usually used to make closet interiors.

Western Juniper

Poisonous, and most commonly used to make fence posts."
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Carbooja wrote: I wouldn't take such a risk with my own health:

https://www.wildwoodgrilling.com/is-cedar-wood-toxic/

"Eastern Red Cedar

This species is poisonous and is usually used to make closet interiors.

Western Juniper

Poisonous, and most commonly used to make fence posts."
Yeah, but the OP can save $1.50 per plank! It's the RFD way!

Personally, I'd stick with products that were more likely harvested with the intention of being used in food preparation. Who knows what that cedar fence board has been exposed to on it's way to HD... If nothing else, I'd probably want to run it through a planer to take off an outer layer of wood.

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Carbooja wrote: I wouldn't take such a risk with my own health:

https://www.wildwoodgrilling.com/is-cedar-wood-toxic/

"Eastern Red Cedar

This species is poisonous and is usually used to make closet interiors.

Western Juniper

Poisonous, and most commonly used to make fence posts."
Thanks for that link! But... according to their info, Western Red Cedar is the best and safest for cooking... and Home Depot has that in the untreated form:

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/porcup ... 1000167650


CNeufeld wrote: Yeah, but the OP can save $1.50 per plank! It's the RFD way!

Personally, I'd stick with products that were more likely harvested with the intention of being used in food preparation. Who knows what that cedar fence board has been exposed to on it's way to HD... If nothing else, I'd probably want to run it through a planer to take off an outer layer of wood.

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LOL I'm just waiting for someone to tell me they've been using A or B or C for a few season and they are still breathing. Then I'll consider it!
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I just buy from Costco.
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I used to buy WRC fence planks (untreated of course) from Rona to grill planked salmon. f course I live on the west coast.

Trouble is, a lot of trees harvested are small and young so don't have the concentration of thujones you find in the heartwood.
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