green wood

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mudduck, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

    would it be ok to smoke with green wood
    i have cherry wood but it is green
  2. countryboy19

    countryboy19 Smoke Blower

    Its not recommended unless you really know what you're doing. Otherwise you could create a condition where creosote is formed on the meat and you'll be left with a very bitter taste, and creosote actually numbs yours lips/tongue when it comes in contact with them. You need a good, hot fire to burn green wood well.
  3. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You can use it if you are smoking with a fairly hot fire. Say keeping your chamber around 255 to 300 F

    Below that if you know draft and damper settings you can use it, but it is tricky.

    What is your experience level with smoking??
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I have seen on tv a BBQ resturant that uses only green mesquite but they change out their smoker every other year. Now Bbally is a much better source of info then me but I would not use it if it were me. Let it dry out.
  5. mudduck

    mudduck Smoking Fanatic

    1-5 level maybe 2.25 lol
    i have ben bless with a good bit of wild cherry, peach, pear, pecan, apple, wood all is green how long to dry you think
    all cut this week. way to much work for a old fart like me lol
    smoking 4 butts today i try to smok 225-250 pay back for help getting all the wood

    thanks for the info
  6. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'd say half way threw the summer would be dry enough...
  7. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Another option for you may be to use a burn barrel. Here is a link that expalins what it is, how to make one and how to use it.

    Some consider this to be "true" wood smoking. I have made one but as of yet I have not had an opportunity to use it. Mind you it takes alot more wood to smoke with one but from reading the thread it sounds as if the benefits are worth it. [​IMG]

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