Drying fresh wood chips

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by luvlaa, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. luvlaa

    luvlaa Newbie

    I have pruned my Apple tree and made wood chips which I intend to use for smoking food. How long should I leave the fresh wood chips to dry? They are stored in perforated baskets in a garage loft.
  2. My guess would be 3 months. what I do (not sure if right or not) I weight my bag at first time say weighs 1# every 15  days latter or when I remmber to do it I check agian may be down to 3/4# any way I keep doing this until the weight stays about the same and them I'm eady to use.This tells me how much moisture can out.
  3. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I wouldn't leave them in a basket...perforated or not. If you do you will wait a long time to dry and may find mold forming on apple chips. If you're in a warm climate just spread them out on a tarp in the sun for a week or more, or in a garage or closed area with a fan moving the air. I live near an orchard and get chips and chunks all the time and it won't take you 3 months, maybe couple of weeks turning them a few times for chips. A month or a bit more for chunks.

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