Cut My Next Year's Smokin' Wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by michchef, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. michchef

    michchef Fire Starter

    Last Spring I cut down 21 maples, so I have plenty of that and I burn mostly oak up at our lake place for campfire cooking so I brought some of that home too. One neighbor has a mulberry tree that overhangs my lot and it trashed the place with berries this year, so I trimmed the limbs back to the fenceline and another neighbors kids climbed and broke a cherry tree in their back yard and I was told that I could have it and a guy 2 doors down from me has a crabapple tree with a big limb that stuck out in the way so I inherited that too.
    I gathered up a stack of 20 gallon plastic storage tubs with lids, took my power mitre saw out back and started cutting wood. I filled a tub each of fist sized chunks of oak, maple, apple, crabapple, mulberry and cherry. And I'm negotiating with a neighbor to cut down and bring me some hickory from his Dad's farm.
     
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man that is a lot of wood. Remember that you need good air circulation around the wood so that it will season properly so don't seal the lids down too tight.
     
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    21 maples!!! that's a lot of wood!
    And i thought I had a lot with a whole huge cherry cut down this Summer.
    Like Dutch said, make sure you have good airflow and you may want to take the wood out a few times during the seasoning process and rearrange them.
     
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nothing like the warm fuzzy feeling of having wood CHEF.


    This is my rig for storage/drying in garden house

    Peach,hickory
    Apple,Pear
    red oak,white oak
    cherry,silver mapple
    Pecan,mesquite
     
  5. michchef

    michchef Fire Starter

    I saw that picture when you first posted it Alex. That's a great setup.
    I've had 2 people promise me whole apple trees and I'm hoping to find someone down in pecan country that might want to swap some apple for pecan.
     
  6. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep-I have a nice box to go-Pecan...PM. and it is yours.will send for postage chef......
     
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man that alot of maple. I have heard of smoking wiht maple so I went to my smoking wood place and picked up some maple. They had it and it is a good tasting wood for sure and it's on the wood shelf as we speak now. Dang it Alex you do everything big I like your shelving system for drying wood.
     

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