So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Jumbolai » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:37 pm

Had a couple of bad snow storms here about 3 years ago that took out a old crab apple tree. I cut it up for firewood but decided to use it to smoke a brisket the next summer...it passed a lite miracle on the "Big Nasty"
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Bockbock » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:13 am

Thanks for the info OSD. I have been wondering about different woods myself for a while now. Now I just have to buy me a Stihl chainsaw and go out there and cut away. Thanks again.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Sailor Kenshin » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:40 am

We have oak and maple and a grapevine as big as your arm (gotta try that) but does anyone know about sassafras? They need cutting down but my immediate thought is, no good for smoking?
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby dub' » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:18 am

Sassafrass is fine for smoking. You may get a slight wintergreen rootbeer flavor though.
Do,however,use it lightly-a little goes a long way.

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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Losp » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:23 pm

Does anyone have any experience smoking mahogany?

I have a couple of off-cuts that i can't really see being used for anything.
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Postby LuxOrganix » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:16 pm

Pretty awesome list of woods. I can almost taste the flavor just reading about it!
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Country House BBQ » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:23 am

Losp wrote:Does anyone have any experience smoking mahogany?

I have a couple of off-cuts that i can't really see being used for anything.


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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby JMoney7269 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:11 am

Sailor Kenshin wrote:Well. Duhhh to me.....

So happens DH has a 'leafsnap' app on his phone.

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Which narrowed it down to oh, twenty trees or so. Some of which were maple. I know this is not maple. Red, black, and scarlet oak did come up too.

It would be good if the app had habitat. I'm in southernmost NYS if that helps.

The leaf's a bit chewed. Sorry.


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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby CliffCarter » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:05 am

Sailor Kenshin wrote:Well. Duhhh to me.....

So happens DH has a 'leafsnap' app on his phone.

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Which narrowed it down to oh, twenty trees or so. Some of which were maple. I know this is not maple. Red, black, and scarlet oak did come up too.

It would be good if the app had habitat. I'm in southernmost NYS if that helps.

The leaf's a bit chewed. Sorry.


That is from a northern red oak, not to be confused with all the other red oak trees .
FWIW I have used it before, very nice mild nutty smoke when properly seasoned, which in my neck of the woods takes about 3 years. :( YMMV.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Sailor Kenshin » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:13 am

Thanks....Does it (how long seasoning takes) depend how big the cuts of wood are?

Say, a two-inch diameter branch cut into rounds no longer than five inches or so? Is that really going to take three while years? :shock:

And they do drop enormous acorns, which you end up tripping over all the time. :mrgreen:
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby CliffCarter » Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:27 pm

Sailor Kenshin wrote:Thanks....Does it (how long seasoning takes) depend how big the cuts of wood are?

Say, a two-inch diameter branch cut into rounds no longer than five inches or so? Is that really going to take three while years? :shock:

And they do drop enormous acorns, which you end up tripping over all the time. :mrgreen:


Sorry, I should have specified splits for a stick burner, chunks should take less time. I recommend storing them in a heated area. I don't know how long it will take to season, but it will most likely take longer than other species, such as maple.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby TessaJEnglish » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:16 am

I have a dieing Ash to be removed. Never thought of using it for smoking.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby spacetrucker » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:29 am

Tessa, Welcome to the forum
I have seen folks on here using all kinds of wood for smoking, to answer your question, I would say the ash wood would work for smoking but would burn fast and hot...in an electric smoker it might just work, give er a try and let us know your results, along with some pictures :salut:
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby fuzzdmedic » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:00 am

Ok so dumb newbie question.

My father in law is a gardener and he has some oak he felled last year and i was wondering ho big should the bits of oak i use be in a vertical smoker?? Should it be chainsaw shavings size. Chips, 1inch by 1inch by 1/8inch. Chunks 1x1x1inch. Lumps3x3x3 or blocks 6x6x6

And should i soak wood first?

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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby tex_toby » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:07 am

fuzzdmedic wrote:Ok so dumb newbie question.

My father in law is a gardener and he has some oak he felled last year and i was wondering ho big should the bits of oak i use be in a vertical smoker?? Should it be chainsaw shavings size. Chips, 1inch by 1inch by 1/8inch. Chunks 1x1x1inch. Lumps3x3x3 or blocks 6x6x6

And should i soak wood first?

Thanks
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I personally wouldn't bother with anything less than fist sized chunks and forget the soaking. :thap:
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