apple wood???

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by nklcolt1911, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. nklcolt1911

    nklcolt1911 Fire Starter

    MN
    so my neighbor has a apple tree he wants gone and i want the wood so im cutting it down for him, my question is how long do i let it dry for before i can use it and also whats the best way to store it so it doesn't rot and get moldy, i live in minnesota so our summers can be pretty humid and also can see some decent amounts of rain, thanks in advance for the help. 
     
  2. Bucked and split--6+ months
    smaller branches--4+ months
    loose stack off of ground, cover the top allow plenty of air flow thru stack . Scrap ply works great or small wiki up. I see your uds build so your going to chunk I take it? Size of tree? Free wood is the best wood to use.
     
  3. nklcolt1911

    nklcolt1911 Fire Starter

    MN
    It's actually a pretty big tree, enough for a couple seasons, yes I'll be chunking it for the uds, what happens if I don't wait long enough?
     
  4. I like my wood on the drier side, some say you can use wet apple, don't know. Me, I would buck log and buck and split. For now , cut a pile of wafers (2"-3") to start quick drying. I throw them in my gasser on indirect , low/med for a couple of hours till they feel 2/3 lite. Once they check, hack them up. What a score. Good for you.
     
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can use chunks the day you cut the tree if you want. Apple is one wood that can be used unseasoned.
     
  6. nklcolt1911

    nklcolt1911 Fire Starter

    MN
    Cool thanks for the info, is there a point it can get too dry? Or does it burn faster, this tree will be lasting me a while
     
  7. Any wood can get too dry,  I just burns up really quick

    Gary
     
  8. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wood will get down to 6% moisture and stay there for a very long time in normal conditions, but it will take a few years to get there. I have cherry splits that are 5 years old and they are around 10%-12% still.
     

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