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Can I use this apple wood for smoking?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21 10 7:32 am    Post subject: Can I use this apple wood for smoking? Reply with quote

I just trimmed up an ancient apple tree. I kept about three bushels of pieces in the 1 1/2" to 2" size. Can I just cut them up into thick cookies and let them season in the sun next year? Will the bark be a problem?

Last winter I cut down a hickory and let the splits season all summer. Three garbage cans full so I'm in no rush to use the apple cookies. So far I'm only doing Boston butts on the Weber, two or three times a month. They are turning out great thanks to all the tips I've gotten here.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21 10 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bark is no problem at all. Most of the wood I use for smoking is trimmings from fruit trees.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21 10 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard Stubborn Dutchman.
Let it season and if the bark stays on fine.
Get busy on that new cooker, we're waiting. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22 10 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make regular runs to my local apple orchard for smoking wood! I usually use half apple / half maple. You will notice a sweeter smoke - very nice with pork - good with everything I have ever smoked!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23 10 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all. Until I found this site, I never realized how versatile the Weber Kettle is. Best $10 I ever spent at a garage sale.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23 10 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Ring and the Weber Stubborn Dutchman,

Lots of great info and folks here. I used a kettle exclusively for years, even full price is a bargain over the time they last!

I regularly bring apple trimmings from my folks summer place in Tenn, save all the pear trimmings from my trees. I chunk them up with my chainsaw and keep in a drum after dry. Works great and cheap !
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23 10 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love applewood, a personal favorite! If you mix it half and half with hickory or pecan it is amazing for pork.
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