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Forum topic by GStephens posted 03-02-2017 04:27 PM 875 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2017 04:27 PM

I have a customer who just ordered a custom smoker table that he wants made out of cedar. I haven’t built much out of cedar and was wondering what the best stain would be for this project. Also, do you guys think I should also apply a poly top coat to protect the wood from any drippings from the smoker? -Thanks

-- - Gary, Sachse, Texas

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#1 posted 03-02-2017 06:25 PM

Not sure about staining cedar, but it is very soft. Any finish you put on it will need to be flexible. Poly won’t last long.

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#2 posted 03-02-2017 06:47 PM

Thanks for the input. I agree that a poly top wouldn’t work for this application. I’m trying to talk the customer into using a tinted Thompson’s Stain / WaterSeal.

-- - Gary, Sachse, Texas

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#3 posted 03-02-2017 07:13 PM

I have made quite a few adarondack chairs and used Silkens Cetol SRD natural on them. The first batch were done in 2014 and the small child’s chair in the photo below, last summer. All have held up very well and it really brings out the cedar colors. I also am a smoker (Cookshack fan!) and would not hesitate to use this finish on something for a smoking prep table.

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 08:49 PM

yeah id use a good quality water sealer but grease and oils from a smoker are going to eventually soak into the wood,but thats just a nice patina!people who do a lot of smoking dont worry too much about stains or never clean a smoker.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 12-19-2019 01:17 AM

Well i wouldn’t be using any kind of chemical on something that is going to be use in a smoker. Thats just not safe for your health.

-- Whoever said nothing is impossible has obviously never tried to staple water to a tree

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#6 posted 12-19-2019 03:39 AM

Use a food grade oil. That is what I would want if I am putting food on or around it.

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