Using Suet Cakes With Log Feeders

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Adam Brandon | 0 comments

Continuing with our theme of plugs and logs from last week here's a little life hack for you. I know it doesn't take a genius to figure this one out but if you're not afraid to get a little bit messy, you can take a reguar old suet cake and cut it up and pack it into your favorite log feeder. Simple as that.

Why would I do this?  Maybe you don't want to pay more for plugs...  Maybe you really like the formula of the suet cake you already use, and there isn't a plug version of it available.  Maybe you just want to try something different..

What you need: 

  • Suet Cake
  • Good Sized Knife
  • Cutting Surface (that you don't mind getting greasy)
  • Log Feeder
  • Gloves


Naked Suet Cake

Today I'm chopping up some C&S Woodpecker Treat



Use a good sized knife that's got some weight to it. The woodpecker treat has some larger nut pieces in it so I like to use a fairly sharp chefs knife.


Cutting a suet cake in 4 pieces

Now we have four roughly plug sized chunks.  I'm using a piece of slate we have on our deck for a cutting board.  If you don't want to get suet everywhere, use a scrap piece of cardboard..   That'll help keep things tidy.


sizing suet chunk to fit

I'm using a Nature's Select Recycled log feeder today, since it's a smaller diameter log, I snapped one of my cake chunks in half.  You just have to eyeball it.  You can roll it in you palms to round off the corners a bit, that'll help it fit in the hole.

Inserting suet

Give it a push.

Last week I talked about using a piece of cling wrap to keep your hands clean, that would still work in this situation, but gloves are definitely better in this situation.  I have some 6 MIL nitrile gloves that I use for food prep when I'm doing BBQ brisket, & pulled pork, they work really well.


Remove the excess, usually I'll put whatever's left into the next hole, and then if I have a few chunks left over I'll put them in a suet cage feeder.

Packed Log

As you can see it's a bit more messy than using plugs.  Part of it is that the plug formula is a bit firmer than a cake, and part of it is just fitting a square peg in a round hole.  

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