While this isn't a woodworking question per se, the populace here
does have expertise in wood and lumber . . .
The other day my wife and I tried planking some salmon on the grill
and it came out pretty nicely. Given that success, we plan to do
that again. :) We used these cedar planks that we picked up at the
local grocery store. These planks come in a dimension of about
12"Lx6"W and are 1/2" thick for a cost of something in the neighborhood
I got to thinking how Home Depot sells cedar boards and I seem to
recall a 1x6x8' is only about $6-$8. So I could definitely get a
better price by getting the wood from Home Depot--but would it be safe
to cook with? As in, does anyone know definitively if that wood has
been treated chemically in any way?
Good question--I don't know. The stuff we got from the grocery
store comes from a company called Texas Smoke and after doing a
quick search found they have a web site and a listing for the
product. Both the site for Texas Smoke and Home Depot simply
list the stuff as "cedar" without any specifics.
What makes you think that the cedar you paid high dollar for wasn't treated
in some way?
I have some friends in California that treated us to some salmon on Home
Depot cedar boards.
The salmon was delicious, and nothing out of the ordinary happened happened
happened happened happened (SLAP!)
I do believe that the cedar at HD is untreated, as they surely have the
higher priced treated lumber in a special area. I would ask the manager,
and possibly he could put you in contact with the supplier.
I definitely know that the boards at the supplier are waaaaaaaaaaay less
than the ones at the meat counter, although they don't come in the fancy
Being the trusting sort, I'm hoping what it says on the label is
Would asking for an MSDS sheet for the particular lumber be a simple
way to test if it has been treated? As in, if they have one, then
it's obviously been treated. And if there isn't one, then it's not
been treated. Maybe this logic is flawed, but that's the general
impression I get about how MSDS applies to lumber.
That's what I'm thinking. I don't need the fancy shrink wrap, I'd
rather get a 1"x6"x8' and then whittle it down to size with my chop
: What it says on that label, which can't be read too well from
that picture, is the following: "Cedar the #1 softwood fish plank, all
natural untreated, best for grilling".
I wonder what would happen if you asked for a MSDS for say a cleaner or
paint. There MUST be one on file at the point of sale and must be provided
to customers on request in order make that available to the customer's
"What about those signs you see in home improvement stores about MSDS's
being available on request? Yes, MSDS"s are available there, but under the
"downstream flow" concept and as discussed in paragraph (g)(7) of 29 CFR
1910.1200, the Hazard Communication Standard, the store is only obligated to
give them to customers who are employers."
How do they know if you are a contractor or business? I'll have to ask next
time I buy something for my store. That's the law.
Since the sales person probably doesn't have a clue about this, I'll bet you
can make a managers head exploded.
There must be one on file. There must be an MSDS. for every chemical in the
store and available, in case of spiillage or release.
Which leads me to another question. Why is it that I can buy a cylinder of
MAPP and oxygen or propane in a single package or even in the store but the
barbecue tanks must be kept outside.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
Why is it that when you take a tank in for refilling, the high school senior
in charge will bust your balls for an OPD tank, yet doesn't know that tanks
should only be filled to 80%?
I took two empty tanks in the other day. Should have held 8 gallons, right?
80% of 10. He put in 9.3 total for the two. So much for the OPD and its
functionality. Either they don't work, or my math is flawed.
I read it to say he put in 9.3 for the two tanks (average of 4.65/tank).
But I also figured that the tanks are typically rated in pounds (10 pound
bottle, 20 pound, 100 pound), where propane is sold by the litre around
here. How the two relate, I have NO idea.
Agreed. IIRC, US Propane tanks of this size are said to be forty pounders.
Yet, I have rarely seen them filled on a scale. (I HAVE seen them filled
while being weighed on a scale, but I think only once or twice.) It is
always stated in US gallons on the meter. That's meter in measuring device
and not meter as in 39.36 inches.
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