Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wanna-be-smoker, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. wanna-be-smoker

    wanna-be-smoker Smoking Fanatic

    Well I finally got around to getting the cherry tree out that I talked about before. there are some shorter ones but most i brought home

    in 6.5 foot sections and the bottom ( the biggest one in the pics)is still up there and there is prob still five or more 8-10 foot sections that were the top and they are prob 5-6 six inches around. I noticed the tree 2-3 years ago and it was uprooted so most of it has been off the ground just sitting there drying for i would guess 3-5 years. 

    I want to have it cut into boards and do a few things like make some cutting boards wine glass holders and whatever else i can think of and of course the scraps for my smoker,

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  2. Nice score, should be well seasoned by now, good luck with your projects.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great score!

  4. wanna-be-smoker

    wanna-be-smoker Smoking Fanatic

    thank you

    seeing it was uprooted most of it was off the ground but there are a few spots that show some signs of sitting on the ground but most of that should be gone when its milled and ill cut it out of anything i might be using in the cooker.the bark all fell off dragging it out of the woods behind my four wheeler lol. we have 100 acres thats been in my family for 150 years and there is more wood than i can imagine out there but we are messing with the stuff that dead/already down or directly blocking the growth of smaller trees

    Now on to the apple trees :)
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  5. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Nice load of wood! Cherry is one of my favorite smoking woods.
  6. mrsmoklestein

    mrsmoklestein Fire Starter

    If you want to have it cut into boards you're not going end up with a lot out of it. A commercial sawcutter probably wouldn't touch it, it would be best to find someone with a small woodmizer and ask him if he'd do it, and even so...from the photos I'm not sure if I'd attempt it.

    You're going to run into a couple problems. When they sawcut boards, you're usually talking a stack 4'x4'x8' and the boards depend on each other's weight as they dry to maintain straightness and to avoid warps, twists, and cups. When you end up with a few boards you don't have that weight and will need a perfectly flat and straight base for laying them in a sticker stack. I have never dried cherry, but I've dried plenty of walnut and ash before. Some species are more forgiving than others in terms of warping and straightness.

    Personally, I would use it as smoking wood. Most guys who run a saw don't like to touch anything smaller than 10" in diameter. Additionally, some woods (and you will have to research it) do are not good to cut if they have been sitting for a while (oak is one of them). Woods like walnut can be sawed even if they've been sitting for years, and other woods will start to discolor and rot almost instantly. Once again, I'm not familiar with cherry. 

    IF you want to have them cut even after my disclaimer, the first thing you need to do it square off the ends with a chainsaw and get wood glue, white latex paint, or anchorseal on the ends IMMEDIATELY. If not you'll lose a good portion of your boards to checking and splitting. 
  7. wanna-be-smoker

    wanna-be-smoker Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you.

    I have w Buddy with a portable woodmizer and he is going to cut it up for me. I don't really care how much I end up with as its just for some projects like cutting boards and coasters prob some knife holders and such for friends and family.
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  9. mrsmoklestein

    mrsmoklestein Fire Starter

    I would take your sticker stack and strap some industrial ratchet straps around it if that's the plan....either that or keep some cinder blocks on top of it. 1" of thickness per year of air drying remember. 
  10. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Oh yea.....luv that cherry!!! Nice find!!
  11. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I understand that cherry is very dangerous for smoking in Vermont. If you can bundle it up and send it down to me, I will properly dispose of it for you. My disposal prices are some of the most reasonable anywhere around. LOL

    Nice score, man.
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  12. hillbilly jim

    hillbilly jim Meat Mopper

    HA! That's funny, Joe!
  13. wanna-be-smoker

    wanna-be-smoker Smoking Fanatic

    thank you

    the tree has been down for at least 2-3 years that i know of but if it came down in the storm i think it did then its more like 5 years so im hoping its already pretty dry when we saw it up
  14. wanna-be-smoker

    wanna-be-smoker Smoking Fanatic

    lol i have 100s of cherry/maple and various evergreen trees that you cant get your arms around but they are standing and we don't touch anything live/standing unless it promotes the growth of smaller hardwoods.
  15. mrsmoklestein

    mrsmoklestein Fire Starter

    I wouldn't count on it unless it came down in the middle of a bone dry field, but hey, grab a moisture meter and maybe you got a small head start with the drying process-you need never know. Good score nonetheless.
  16. wanna-be-smoker

    wanna-be-smoker Smoking Fanatic

    Not overly worried about it as it will be what it is.

    ill get what i get and it will be what it will be lol. other than the time to get it out of the woods it was all free so its all good either way.

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