Free pecan wood....should I get it?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by nygiant, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. nygiant

    nygiant Smoke Blower

    VA
    My wife just found someone on Facebook had a pecan tree cut down. She sent me the pic and it looks very recent. Huge pieces of the trunk have been cut into stumps about 2 feet in length. Is it worth going to get some of it for free? I imagine it needs to be seasoned like firewood before you use it for smoking right? If so it would probably need to be split by me and sit covered for around a year. Am i correct? Or should I just pass and just buy the bagged chunks at Home Depot?
     
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  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If I were you I'd pick it up!Thumbs Up
     
  3. nygiant

    nygiant Smoke Blower

    VA
    Ok. What about the seasoning part? Does it need to sit?
     
  4. You can deliver it to my place in the Santa Cruz mountains. I'd really appreciate it!!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    For seasoning, split it, place off the ground and just let it sit for the summer. Once you begin to see cracks across the grain, it's good to use.
     
  5. nygiant

    nygiant Smoke Blower

    VA
    Ha ha....just a little bit out of my service area ...by about 3000 miles

    Ok I'll take the advice of you guys and go get some!
     
  6. Once you use the fresh pecan, you're never going to want to use the bagged chunks at Home Depot again... [​IMG]

    Enjoy!!!

    You sure you won't deliver it?

    I tip well... [​IMG]  
     
  7. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Believe me when I say get as much as you can! Pecan wood is one of the favorites used by pitmasters everywhere! I have a Rick seasoning right now.
     
  8. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    I paid 40 bucks for a truck load so getting it free is a must!
     
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My son saw a pile in a yard about a month ago. It filled a 5'x10' utility trailer. We split it yesterday and it is great. Some of it was knarly where there were limbs and knots, but we got about 2 pick-up loads out of it. A great score for free.
     
  10. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh YES, go get it!!!!!

    And if they have any limbs, get them too!  Split the larger sections and stack them to air dry.  Depending on if you have stick burner or want chunks, you can leave them as sticks or cut them into 4" long chunks.  If you have something like an old plastic milk crate, fill it with chunks and put it in your garage.  It will dry faster with the extra cut side and in the heat of the average garage (or garden shed, etc...).

    Same for anyone who is lucky enough to know someone with an apple orchard.  Get their limb trimmings and any trees they cull.  Excellent way to get free smoke wood and recycle what might otherwise be landfill material.

    PS - if you get the pecan from someone you know, I would take them some finished BBQ smoked on their wood as a thank you!  The will love it (and remember you next time they have wood to get rid of).
     
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  11. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    can never have to much pecan... get as much as you can ... it doesn't go bad ...
     
  12. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Only a NY Giants fan would question "free"[​IMG].

    Go get it, yes you will need to season it, but it will be so much better than the too dry chunks from Wally World.
     
  13. nygiant

    nygiant Smoke Blower

    VA
    Alright guys I hear you loud and clear! Glad I posted here because I was going to pass on it. I wasn't too sure.
     

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