drying out wood in smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by howufiga, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    I seem to remember someone talking about this, but i bought some firewood from a local guy and it's wet. It won't burn. Can I put it in the main chamber of my chargriller and put some coals in SFB? The size of the wood is about the size you would get if you werre to buy bundles from the store. Any tips, suggestions?


    PS, I did search but couldn't find the thread.
  2. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Dunno about you, but IMO burning coals in the SFB just to accelerate the drying process seems a waste. I'd put it in the shed to season, and meanwhile find some other wood that will burn.
  3. elde

    elde Smoke Blower

    Why spend money to dry it, when you can season it over time for free?
  4. howufiga

    howufiga Meat Mopper

    Good points. Didn't even think about that. That would be a waste. thanks!
  5. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Of course once you've got a fire going, there'd be nothing wrong with setting some pieces on top of the firebox or even inside the cooking section if it's not full.

    Pre-heating your wood might give you a cleaner burn anyway, or so I'm told.
  6. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I got a pile of semi seasoned hickory. Planning to load up the chamber and let it go overnight. I have an electric heater option in my smoker, so won't cost more than a few bucks to get a decent sized batch of hickory dried and ready to go :).

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