For several years now, Jim has dabbled with the idea of getting a smoker. He has the stovetop model, which has worked great, but he was ready to move onto bigger things. So the weekend before Memorial Day, he got a new electric smoker and assembled it.

wood-chip-box 20130528 1882087758Being a woodturner, bits of scrap cherry is not a rare thing, and he's been saving cherry chips for years to use in smoking. So after a quick raid of the scrap barrel and a few minutes on the band saw, we had enough small pieces to fill an old box he'd saved just for this purpose.

Now, the box is a nice size, probably holds enough wood chips to feed the smoker at least four times and even has convenient handle-flaps cut into the sides. This is a great repurposing of a well-constructed box that once transported toilet bowl cleaner.

Well, the first place this box is placed is in the family room, on the shelf, just inside the door from where the smoker has it's home outside. A generally practical place, and I don't mind wood chips being kept there, indeed, the room is filled with bins of larger cut-offs meant to feed the fireplace. However, being what it was, with Lysol in bold lettering, it made the shelf look like household chemical inventory overflow. So, I painted it.