The Right Wood

One of the important steps of any cook is pairing the correct smoke flavour profile with your chosen protein and vegetables. Even the juiciest meats can be ruined by an overly heavy smoke taste. Alternatively, your expectations of a nicely smoked meal can be dealt a savage blow using a timber that is too mild or subtle in flavour and end up with a cook that has little to no smoke taste.


There is no "best smoking timber" but there are some recommendations of meat/wood combinations that have stood the test of time. There are also some really versatile timbers that work well on any meat such as ironbark and cherry. The general rule of thumb is stronger red meats pair best with heavier stronger hardwoods while white meats enjoy a lighter milder smoke such as a fruit wood.

Mix And Match

An enjoyable part of smoking is experimenting and a great experiment you can do is mix and match different timbers to create new flavour profiles. For example, take a strong timber such as hickory and mix it with a milder timber such as apple to mellow the flavour a little and find out what works best for you. It’s important to avoid using resinous softwoods such as pine, cedar, eucalyptus, fir, spruce, cypress, sycamore and mango.

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Ozpig stoves are tailor made for the outdoors. We created the Ozpig with a passion for the outdoors and a love for outdoor cooking and heating. With our unique open door, open top design, we have created outdoor stoves that give you flexibility in cooking while maximizing heat for your outdoor space.


We're excited you're joining us on this journey and we want to provide you with expert guidance, tips and tricks. Here at the Ozpig Oven Smoker Beginners Guide, you'll find everything from temperature and time charts, to understanding different types of fuel and how they work. We're glad you're here, simply click the tiles below to get started!


BUILT TOUGH TO WITHSTAND AUSSIE CONDITIONSThe Ozpig is born and bred in Australia and we know just how tough the conditions can be. With this knowledge behind us we’ve developed a 3 year limited structural warranty to give you piece of mind when it comes to buying your Ozpig. Unlike other cheaper products on the market only offering a 1 year warranty, we stand behind our product and know with the right care, your Ozpig will last as long you. Buy with Ozpig knowing you’re covered.

An Aussie Story

The Ozpig is a clever Aussie invention created by a family with a love of the great outdoors. Hearty appetites and a passion for travel inspired the Shepherd family to develop a unique, multipurpose cooker that offers convenience and endless cooking options.

Great bit of kit

We have the ozpig series 2 under a patio. Only just bought the house and the pig so we haven't got it in a specific final spot just yet. But having these extra offset and pieces helps keep smell and smoke (not that there is much using nice ironbark) definitely recommend this kit for use under a patio. Plus fast and easy postage made buying them easy as. 5 Stars

Exactly what I was looking for

- I was looking for something wood-fired and portable that I could take anywhere to boil water and cook a meal on and that could also be my home BBQ. The Pig is simpler and safer than a camp fire and a great back-up at home if everything goes down. I’ve only done BBQs so far and I’m enjoying the added wood-smoke taste. Looking forward to cooking more sophisticated meals down the track.