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Old 09-16-2014, 08:31 PM   #21
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Who cooks with wood in an indoor oven? That makes zero sense to me. The only way i'd use them is on a grill.
Also, apartment dwellers don't often have grills.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:13 PM   #22
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Also, apartment dwellers don't often have grills.
So... If you don't have a grill, that's a legit excuse to use your oven as a grill? I don't follow.
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So... If you don't have a grill, that's a legit excuse to use your oven as a grill? I don't follow.
Yup! Even those without grills crave that type of food sometimes, and apartment dwellers are used to creative solutions. But now I know to scratch that off my list of alternate solutions!
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:49 AM   #24
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How very sad for those folks, but good to know about the cedar cooking planks. I'm pretty familiar with cedar, it's not good for rodents or chicken coops. I think it puts off a nice smell, they even stuff dog beds with it to deter fleas..but yes very toxic.
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Terrible news but boy am I ever glad to have read it!! We just put a cedar closet In the basement! Kiwi is nowhere near it but without this knowledge any tragedy could have happened! Thanks for sharing!


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Having kept rats as pets for years, pine and cedar both were always a huge no(resp. issues). Old habits die hard, so I avoid them both like the plague. How sad someone learned this in such a heartbreaking way.
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Cedar plank grilling is something that originated with the natives of this area (West Coast of Canada and northern USA).

It doesn't seem like a good thing to do in an oven inside the house. I think doing that with any wood would kill birds, because of the smoke.

I wonder if they soaked the plank in water before using it? You're not supposed to do it with a dry plank, that's for sure.

I gave my birds a cedar nest box for a day. They were fine with this in their cage and didn't drop dead.

I got paranoid and replaced it with a pine box, just in case.

By the way, I would much rather have salmon lightly smoked with alder, not cedar. Just throw a handful of damp alder chips on the grill beside the salmon and close the lid to keep the smoke in. But do it outside away from birds!!!

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By the way, I would much rather have salmon lightly smoked with alder, not cedar. Just throw a handful of damp alder chips on the grill beside the salmon and close the lid to keep the smoke in. But do it outside away from birds!!!
Okay, you just got me hungry, and drooling...guess it is time for dinner!
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Wouldn't you think there would be a warning about cedar chips and birds on the bag? If they can use cedar houses, I doubt that many people would know about this, and think it ok. Birds are so different from the other pets we keep. You really have to stay on your toes all of the time........
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Why is it toxic? does it put off something in the air that is bad? or is it if they ingest it directly?
I believe it is the aromatic oils it puts off, they are toxic and used as a natural pest control.

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I never thought about cedar being toxic with the birds, good to know. When my son was little he had a pet mouse, kept in cedar shavings. My son became very ill, whith fever sinus infected, come to find out he was illergic to the shavings. So I can just imagine what it does to a small bird.
Cedar is often used as rodent bedding but is also very toxic to them too... I personally don't care for the smell cuz I relate it to mice...lol

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Yup! Even those without grills crave that type of food sometimes, and apartment dwellers are used to creative solutions. But now I know to scratch that off my list of alternate solutions!
I live in a second floor apartment and we are not allowed to grill with propane or charcoal grills, we bought an electric one and are very impressed with it... You get that smoky grilled flavour you crave, it's not exactly the same, but a very acceptable alternative.

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Cedar plank grilling is something that originated with the natives of this area (West Coast of Canada and northern USA).

It doesn't seem like a good thing to do in an oven inside the house. I think doing that with any wood would kill birds, because of the smoke.

I wonder if they soaked the plank in water before using it? You're not supposed to do it with a dry plank, that's for sure.

I gave my birds a cedar nest box for a day. They were fine with this in their cage and didn't drop dead.

I got paranoid and replaced it with a pine box, just in case.

By the way, I would much rather have salmon lightly smoked with alder, not cedar. Just throw a handful of damp alder chips on the grill beside the salmon and close the lid to keep the smoke in. But do it outside away from birds!!!
I do believe you are supossed to soak the plank before use... Glad you replaced the cedar box... It is not good for your babies lungs.
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