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yukoff
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28 15 2:52 am    Post subject: old wood Reply with quote

I have a bunch of old fruit wood, probably 5-6 yrs old that I never got around to use in my smoker. It's mostly in the shade but has weathered the Arizona heat and rain all that time. Is it still usable, or is it now kindling? I imagine it lost all its moisture, so guessing the latter.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28 15 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you thinking of burning it in?

I'd do either a test burn, or a cook, some chicken or something and see how it cooks.

You don't need to worry about it being dry, it will be down to 16 - 18%, and that's fine for a moisture content, it's not likely to have gotten much lower than that unless you are in the desert some where.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28 15 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an offset, but summers here are 115 F.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28 15 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Test a couple of pieces, either in the offset or fire pit.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28 15 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as it's not rotten, decayed, pulpy, moldy, or insect infested you should be good.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29 15 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smokin Mike wrote:
As long as it's not rotten, decayed, pulpy, moldy, or insect infested you should be good.


This is what I would go with.
I have a fair amount of fruit wood (apple, cherry) that is 3 or 4 years old … All in chunks.
I still use it, and will continue to until it's all gone.

I have been told that it's too old. I said, nonsense.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29 15 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacEggs wrote:
Smokin Mike wrote:
As long as it's not rotten, decayed, pulpy, moldy, or insect infested you should be good.


This is what I would go with.
I have a fair amount of fruit wood (apple, cherry) that is 3 or 4 years old … All in chunks.
I still use it, and will continue to until it's all gone.

I have been told that it's too old. I said, nonsense.


Interesting Thread! Cool

What are Others Here Thinking About -

"How Old is Too Old" Question

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30 15 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony wrote:
"How Old is Too Old" Question


There are 200 year old log cabins that are still very viable. As long as they've been protected from excessive moisture and insects then they should be around for who knows when. The same could be applied to firewood I reckon. Wood is primarily cellulose and as long as the cellulose remains healthy (not decomposed) then a 20 year old stick of wood would be hard to differentiate from a 1 year old stick of wood.

I've read somewhere (I don't exactly remember) that 15 - 20% moisture in firewood is the most desirable amount. Too much moisture will make the wood hard to burn and produce a lot of smoke and creosote and less will make the wood burn too quickly and not as efficiently. If wood had 0% moisture then it would crumble in your hands.

Wood is going to try to acclimate somewhat to the average relative humidity. Here's a chart for the average humidity in Arizona. As you can see the daily average doesn't get much less than 35%.

http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Arizona/humidity-annual.php
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30 15 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smokin Mike wrote:
Tony wrote:
"How Old is Too Old" Question


There are 200 year old log cabins that are still very viable.

My house was built in the 20's. I'm still here. Very Happy

As you can see the daily average doesn't get much less than 35%.

If the average humidity in Arizona doesn't get much LESS than 35%, I got no chance of getting below 80% here in TN. Laughing

http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Arizona/humidity-annual.php

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26 16 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am happy to report the wood burned just fine. 😊 totally aged wood works well!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 16 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yukoff wrote:
totally aged wood works well!


Your right......my wood is 61 years old and it still works well. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27 16 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Bacon wrote:
yukoff wrote:
totally aged wood works well!


Your right......my wood is 61 years old and it still works well. Laughing


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24 16 9:21 pm    Post subject: Back on topic...LOL Reply with quote

I have a couple pieces of wood at the bottom of my pile that appear to have mushrooms/something growing on them. Should I not use that wood? Even for the firepit?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24 16 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Back on topic...LOL Reply with quote

va_connoisseur wrote:
I have a couple pieces of wood at the bottom of my pile that appear to have mushrooms/something growing on them. Should I not use that wood? Even for the firepit?

I would burn it in my fire pit but I would not cook with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27 16 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have plenty of experience with old wood... just need some viagra and it works fine!
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