Can I use teak wood in my vertical smoker?

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by annie broon, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. annie broon

    annie broon Newbie

    New to smoking so not sure which woods are good to use and which ones to avoid. I have a stack of teak, but it has been processed and is not "unused". Is this safe to use?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Teak is very high in silica......  I would not use it...  silicosis is a bad thing... the smoke could be toxic...  don't know for sure....  just guessing.... 

    Sick with fruit woods to be safe... 

  3. millerk0486

    millerk0486 Meat Mopper

    If it has been treated in any way, then I would not use It. I've only ever heard of it to be used for outdoor furniture because of its weather resistance. A quick Google search said that it has oils that make it weather resistant. I do not know if those oils would be harmful in food or not, so I would follow Dave's advice!
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2013
  4. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hi Annie, and welcome to the forums!  That's the first time I've ever seen anyone ask about teak...its not available in my part of the world so I know nothing about it, but here is a link to an old thread where Dutch gives a good overview of woods for smoking, and what foods they are good for:

    Hope this helps.

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