Best wood for heat only

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by danbono, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All There are soooo many different type of woods, what would be the best for heat and long burning  in a COS?

    Thanks Dan
     
  2. Mesquite burns hot. Don't know how available it is in your neck of the woods though.
     
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Oak, if you can get some that is well seasoned. Maple, sugar maple is best but others such as red maple will be OK. Black Cherry and apple round out my list.
     
  4. merrymanb

    merrymanb Fire Starter

    To me, hickory is best. Dont know about where you are but hickory is very plentiful in south texas.
     
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Black Jack and the Red Oaks are good too.
     
  6. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with oak , a good heat source with not a lot of smoke flavor.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2014
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I go with maple on this one. very light smoke flavor. If you just want heat and no smoke hits meat then go with locust. Burns like coal.
     
  8. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Agree. My wife prefers a subtle smoke flavor and I oblige with oak. Maple is good too. Mesquite is very strong. Should be used sparingly.
     
  9. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All Looks like Oak is the winner. Now I just have to round up some Oak.

    Thanks Dan
     
  10. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All Would White Oak be a good for my COS, as far as heat goes?

    Thanks Dan
     
  11. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yes, if it is well seasoned.
     
  12. dan - firecraft

    dan - firecraft Smoke Blower

    Any of the hard woods will do the trick. Oak, Maple, Hickory, and Mesquite. Fruit woods will burn quicker and not get quite as hot from my experience.
     
  13. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All Came across this bundle in Home Depot.Would it be good for heat in my COS? Splits are 12" x 3--4".

    Thanks Dan

    PS I have apple/cherry/pean/hickory for flavoring.

     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2014
  14. I really love Red Oak.  Great flavor but on the subtle side of things.  I don't use Mesquite.....to overpowering for my families tastes. 

    Scott
     
  15. fdannyw

    fdannyw Smoke Blower

    I use hickory chunks
     
  16. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All what about the White Birch? Would it be good for heat.Hickory is kind of strong for my tatse.Don't see Red Oak around here. I was lucky enough to find the White Birch in HD.[​IMG]

    Thanks Dan
     
  17. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Birch is great on fish. 1 bajillion Indians in the northwest cannot be wrong. It is ok for chicken but never tried it on anything else.
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  18. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All The White Birch woiuld be used for heat only.. I have chunks of apple/cherry/pecan/hickory for flavor.

    Thanks Dan
     
  19. Birch is a softer wood so, itwill burn faster than oak and others. Should be fine for continuous burn, but be careful it may burn fairly hot so, try a test burn first before leaving it unattended.
     

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