grilling fuels - burning things other than charcoal or hardwood lump

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What do you burn other than charcoal or wood?

I've been saving coconut shells.  Once you dry them out a few days, they burn pretty clean and give off a nice aroma.  I also save peanut shells and corn husks.  It's cheap and saves some minimal amount of coal, but also smells good when it burns.

I wouldn't call this a fuel, but I like to save any shallot, onion, garlic, skins to burn.  It gives a nice smell even far away.  This is an old carnie trick to draw in the crowds. 

Does anyone else save anything weird to burn?  Corn cobs maybe?
 
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I'll be saving corn cobs for smoke this season works great with pork and venison.  A friend of mine has an outdoor wood boiler and it's just a matter of a shovel full of fresh hot coals in the Weber and he's good to go.  We're big on apple and cherry around here too and I like white oak for cooking fuel.  Burning wood for coals takes planning, but is so worth it IMO.
 
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Yep im in new england so applewood is our go to bbq wood. I have a deal with the local orchard. They trim and save me wood chunks and I trade with some smoked pork butts.

Im going to save up dried out corn cobs over the summer.

I know about bbq hardwoods for smoking from fruit and nut trees. I'm more interested in anything weird you save.
 
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Yep im in new england so applewood is our go to bbq wood. I have a deal with the local orchard. They trim and save me wood chunks and I trade with some smoked pork butts.

Im going to save up dried out corn cobs over the summer.

I know about bbq hardwoods for smoking from fruit and nut trees. I'm more interested in anything weird you save.
the creosote bushes when i was in Arizona, they're what gives the southwest is characteristic rain smell, really good for grilling seafood over. I also really like to smoke elk or venison over a mixture of mesquite pods and new spruce needles.

I just moved to new York, so once I've been here a while ill chime in again and let you know what I've found.
 

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