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missionsusmc
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16 09 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually stick with local wood myself. Obviously no mesquite here in East Tennessee, so that's a no-brainer. I like hickory I cut and split from our own trees, pecan came from my parent's place in NW Florida, and maple that we cut down last fall (should be about ready...seasoned for a year.) Haven't used sassafrass for smoking but I have used it for making fire-roasted canned biscuits. Got some peach wood from my folks' place and used it, but didn't much care for the flavor it imparted. That's my own opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own, right?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16 09 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually stick with local wood myself. Obviously no mesquite here in East Tennessee, so that's a no-brainer. I like hickory I cut and split from our own trees, pecan came from my parent's place in NW Florida, and maple that we cut down last fall (should be about ready...seasoned for a year.) Haven't used sassafrass for smoking but I have used it for making fire-roasted canned biscuits. Got some peach wood from my folks' place and used it, but didn't much care for the flavor it imparted. That's my own opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own, right?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16 09 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

missionsusmc,
I had heard some good reports on peach 'tho never tried it myself. What was the flavor ?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12 09 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a slightly different note... I've not used sassafras wood, but, dry the leaves and grind them into a powder. Idea This is called "File" (fee lay) a flavoring and thickener added to Gumbo just before eating.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11 10 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard that olive wood is good. I have a couple of huge Black olive trees on my property and will cut a branch to try. But, guess it will have to dry for a year or so be for I can try it.
Anybody tried olive wood?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11 10 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bayl778 wrote:
I have heard that olive wood is good. I have a couple of huge Black olive trees on my property and will cut a branch to try. But, guess it will have to dry for a year or so be for I can try it.
Anybody tried olive wood?


The highly esteemed Don Marco just did a wonderful looking rack of lamb using olive wood, as noted in this thread: http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34971. You'd have to ask him what kind of olive tree it came from...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11 10 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I sent DM a PM.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 5:34 am    Post subject: Scored!! Reply with quote

I took your guys advice and I called some local tree companies. I got Apple, Wild Cherry, and Pear.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05 10 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone ever used sweetgum?
http://www.sfp.forprod.vt.edu/factsheets/sweetgum.pdf

I have a ton of this around my house, but have never used it. Heard that it was poisonous. Haven't seen any documentation on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sawyerrt10 wrote:
anyone ever used sweetgum?
http://www.sfp.forprod.vt.edu/factsheets/sweetgum.pdf

I have a ton of this around my house, but have never used it. Heard that it was poisonous. Haven't seen any documentation on it.

From reading that link that you posted, I would not even consider using it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06 10 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what i thought as well, figured I would check!
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PostPosted: Mon May 03 10 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just as an addition I used plum this weekend doing up some beef ribs. Had a nice flavor to it but I smoked a bit heavy Embarassed Mixed it with some ash and I like the results so plan on giving it another shot a bit more tempered on the amount of smoke.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03 10 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I scored a pretty big amount of cherry or wild cherry, not really sure which it is. I am sure its some sort of cherry though. Will take pictures later Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 24 10 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sawyerrt10 wrote:
anyone ever used sweetgum?
http://www.sfp.forprod.vt.edu/factsheets/sweetgum.pdf

I have a ton of this around my house, but have never used it. Heard that it was poisonous. Haven't seen any documentation on it.


Iv cooked with sweetgum with no problems, but didnt smoke with it. it is near imposable to split by hand while green or even seasoned a year, you can bounce a sharp ax off of it.
Iv never noticed any good or bad smell from the fire while burning it
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09 10 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Avacado?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17 10 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is probably a dumb question, but I'll ask it anyway. I have several Blackberry plants, and I was wondering if I could smoke with the canes after they die? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23 10 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone got a good spot to get chunks online that isnt gonna cost me an arm and a leg to have it shipped?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23 10 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proetus wrote:
Anyone got a good spot to get chunks online that isnt gonna cost me an arm and a leg to have it shipped?


One of my sons bought me a cubic foot of Wild Cherry, Alder and Sugar Maple from "Smokinlicious" and he still has all his limbs. But then, he got his sturdy build genes from his dad Wink

http://www.smokinlicious.com/index.php?Refill%20Boxes

I recommend the double-bevel for most smallish cookers...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23 10 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proetus wrote:
Anyone got a good spot to get chunks online that isnt gonna cost me an arm and a leg to have it shipped?

Try DoItBest.com

They have a good selection of wood chunks and if there's a DoItBest affiliated store where you live, you can get free shipping to the store when ordering through their web site listed above.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31 10 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone tried 'silver maple' ? my brother is cutting down two monster huge silver maple trees on his property.. I wouldn't think of it being a good smoker wood.. but who knows?
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