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    Default Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    So I love braai'ing and only use wood. The last year or two I normally make it a day trip to Nylstroom where I collect about 120 bags of "sekelbos" at R8 a bag. These are normally a bit wet and I leave them outside in the sun in the bag for about 8 weeks to dry out. From here they go underneath my indoor braai or storeroom. I estimate these bags around 7Kg.

    I have my doubts and think we're being conned in these guys selling us "sekelbos". Check the pic below. With these I have removed the bark and chopped into smaller pieces to dry out faster. Some of the chunks of chopped wood in the bags are so big that if one put four together the diameter will be around 150mm (they are chopped in quarters). This to me sounds fishy as I know selkelbos to be round pieces with diameter roughly the size of my wrist, some smaller and some slightly bigger.

    What I do found with this wood is that it makes a really nice fire, but the coals do not last, I have to stir them to keep them alive for a lengthy braai.

    So where do you guys buy your wood and what do you buy? I'm willing to travel 150Km from Pretoria to collect proper braai wood at a decent price, unlike in Pretoria where we pay through our necks.

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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    There is not one place in Centurion where I live where you get consistently dry sekelbos, sometimes it is dry and the next time wet.

    Bronberrick slaghuis usually have dry but they don't keep huge amounts. I bought bone dry sekelbos from the Hennopspark Spar last week, that was a surprise.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    The Blonde's boet is visiting us from Jhb, told me last night he brought two bags of wood with so I'm keen to see what is sold as firewood there.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    I use to buy really good quality and dry sekelbos at a guy who lives in Faerie Glen, but even he is now really expensive, last time I checked R20 a bag, could be more by now.

    Looking for a spot where I can buy ~ 100 bags at a better price.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    I still buy from Oom Wynand on Saturday mornings on the corner off Escort and Old Johannesburg in Centurion.

    His wood is dry 90%* of the time. He has different wood, take it or leave it. Sometimes sekelbos, sometimes swarthak, sometimes rooikrans. All of these are great for a standard braai. Not cheap, but worth it on my own backdoor. He is at R25 a bag now, but if you buy a lot he is willing to reduce.

    Just be warned. It is a must to chat to him about whatever and he will only let you go when the next customer arrives. He will also do deliveries.

    * He will exchange/replace if it is wet.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    I use to buy really good quality and dry sekelbos at a guy who lives in Faerie Glen, but even he is now really expensive, last time I checked R20 a bag, could be more by now.

    Looking for a spot where I can buy ~ 100 bags at a better price.
    You guys are spoilt Dirk, here 35 bucks is the norm.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    The Blonde's boet is visiting us from Jhb, told me last night he brought two bags of wood with so I'm keen to see what is sold as firewood there.
    We get a variety of really good quality bosveld wood being not too far from the "Noord Transvaal" areas, but it is very expensive.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Hartbeespoort Dam: proper sekelbos = R15 per bag, hardehout is around R10 per bag

    PLENTY of roadside vendors so you can load up a bakkie with no problem, and everybody has the same price because it is all supplied from the same guy with his trailer and one tonner.

    And it is a damn sight closer than Nylstroom........
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by Pottie1 View Post
    There is not one place in Centurion where I live where you get consistently dry sekelbos, sometimes it is dry and the next time wet.

    Bronberrick slaghuis usually have dry but they don't keep huge amounts. I bought bone dry sekelbos from the Hennopspark Spar last week, that was a surprise.
    I've also tried every spot in Centurion and finally found a gem.

    Go to Shell next to [email protected] and buy from them. They are at R30 per bag but proper bone dry sekelbos everytime. I buy from them for braai'ing and buy from the road vendors for "kuier hout"
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    I have a contact for Sekelbos in WierdaPark who asks R12,50 a bag. The wood is not always completely dry, but I tend to buy 50 or a 100 bags and let them dry properly at home. The bags are also not the biggest, but the normal small size plastic, and they are generally properly packed with wood.

    I found a few bags last time that didn't look like sekelbos, but even then the wood was good quality. For the price, it's well worth giving him a try in my opinion. I'll find out from him if he's willing to let me put his number on here..

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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Braai on gas and put wet woodchips in a metal bowl on the gas burner. So much cheaper and I am willing to subject my braaiing to blind taste tests.

    (Now I will run and hide)
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    So I love braai'ing and only use wood. The last year or two I normally make it a day trip to Nylstroom where I collect about 120 bags of "sekelbos" at R8 a bag. These are normally a bit wet and I leave them outside in the sun in the bag for about 8 weeks to dry out. From here they go underneath my indoor braai or storeroom. I estimate these bags around 7Kg.

    I have my doubts and think we're being conned in these guys selling us "sekelbos". Check the pic below. With these I have removed the bark and chopped into smaller pieces to dry out faster. Some of the chunks of chopped wood in the bags are so big that if one put four together the diameter will be around 150mm (they are chopped in quarters). This to me sounds fishy as I know selkelbos to be round pieces with diameter roughly the size of my wrist, some smaller and some slightly bigger.

    What I do found with this wood is that it makes a really nice fire, but the coals do not last, I have to stir them to keep them alive for a lengthy braai.

    So where do you guys buy your wood and what do you buy? I'm willing to travel 150Km from Pretoria to collect proper braai wood at a decent price, unlike in Pretoria where we pay through our necks.

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    Those guys along the road Warmbaths/Nylstroom sell a mix of different woods, just look at the bark. Also I have found that the bags are a bit smaller than they use to be. When I can I buy from a small stall/house just before the entrance to Sondelia, on the left hand side of the road from N1. Have never had wet wood, and 100% Sekelbos. R13 a bag but i
    last (January) I was there the bags were still decent size and good quality wood. I will try and take a pic of the wood. Decide for yourself.
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    I use a guy in Valhalla, prices and wood types differs from time to time but the nice part is that he sends out "wassaps" on what he has available at what prices. But, I buy 50 bags at a time as soon as I see my current stock getting low and the last time I bought dry sekelbos at R11.50 a bag. You can call Immanuel at 087 818 4903 - name and number provided with his permission.

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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by albertvl View Post
    Braai on gas and put wet woodchips in a metal bowl on the gas burner. So much cheaper and I am willing to subject my braaiing to blind taste tests.

    (Now I will run and hide)
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by JohanRoux View Post
    I have a contact for Sekelbos in WierdaPark who asks R12,50 a bag. The wood is not always completely dry, but I tend to buy 50 or a 100 bags and let them dry properly at home. The bags are also not the biggest, but the normal small size plastic, and they are generally properly packed with wood.

    I found a few bags last time that didn't look like sekelbos, but even then the wood was good quality. For the price, it's well worth giving him a try in my opinion. I'll find out from him if he's willing to let me put his number on here..

    The guy is called Naldu, number is zero-84 eight-16 one-242. Give him a try, I have always been happy with what I bought from him.

    He sources the wood from somewhere and I then pick up from his home.

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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by gavpike View Post
    There is no such thing as "braaing" on gas. It is cooking!
    I have already run away and hid, I can't hear what you are saying
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    Thanks Guys, I have a few numbers to dial and perhaps a trip to the green dam
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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    We get a variety of really good quality bosveld wood being not too far from the "Noord Transvaal" areas, but it is very expensive.
    Will have to see tonight what he bought and just for in case, make a fire then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Will have to see tonight what he bought and just for in case, make a fire then.

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    Default Re: Braai wood - where and what do you buy Pretoria area

    If you are willing to travel to potch i can give you a number. I regularly buy 100 bags at a time. The secret is that the sekelbos must not have any bark on, otherwise it is green...well most of the time.

    Bags is usually 8-10kgs, selling for R20-25...
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