I found some apple wood for free

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by hammmike, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. hammmike

    hammmike Newbie

    I went to a local apple orchard and was told I could have all the limb trimming I wanted. It is about one to three inches in diameter and four to five feet long pieces. It was cut in the spring so it should be ready to use. I got about 20 lbs. I am going to go back this weekend and get a pickup load. I cant wait to try it on some ribs and butt. Mike
     
  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great! I love apple for smoking beef.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  3. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    I have apple and mulberry. Cant tell much diff in flavor but mulberry burns better for me anyway.
     
  4. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Free wood is good wood,eh!
     
  5. jocosa

    jocosa Meat Mopper

    Free wood is always good.

    We've got a crabapple in the back yard... been looking it over to see which limbs might need trimming. :)

    Also picked up some sassafras the other day... for my day-job I end up on timber logging job sites quite often and they're usually kind enough to cut up some scrag oaks and such for firewood... now I'm looking a little closer for hickory and pecan!
     
  6. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    jocasa,


    How does sassafras work? This is the first time I have heard of using it.
     
  7. jocosa

    jocosa Meat Mopper

    Hey! I haven't used it yet... a co-worker picks up dry sassafras twigs during turkey season, soaks the twigs and adds it to his grill in the last 20 minutes or so... says it adds a nice subtle nutty flavor. I missed the sassafras smoked wild turkey at the company Christmas party :(

    So when I was on one logging job a few weeks ago, I spotted a 1.5 in. diameter sassafras and asked the guy with the chain saw to cut it for me... got two lengths about 40 inches long each. Needs to dry some before I think about using it and I think I'll combine it with some other woods too... maybe some pear or crabapple.

    We've also got a volunteer sassafras growing in our back yard... these things are fast growers!
     
  8. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    I read somewhere that sasafrass is about as good as pine. Id check into it first
     
  9. stringcheese paul

    stringcheese paul Fire Starter

    I just got some apple limbs also. What do i need to do before I use them?
     
  10. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Sasafrass is okay from everything I read.

    A mild, musky, sweet smoke with a root beer aftertaste. Especially good on beef, pork and poultry. Hmmm sounds interesting.

    Let us know how it tastes!
     
  11. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    only thing I know about sasafras was when I was in the army out in the field we found some of its roots and after peeling was very good to chew on.
     
  12. jocosa

    jocosa Meat Mopper

    Smokefreak, whoever wrote that may have had some coniferous species for all we know... some folks just don't know their trees.

    Sassafras has been used for ages for teas, oils, flavorings and all kinds of things... if you'll look online, you can buy sassafras chunks and chips from all sorts of smoking woods suppliers...

    I'm looking forward to using this in a few months. :)
     
  13. commpilot4308

    commpilot4308 Newbie

    Apple is awesome for smoking. There is an apple orchard accross the street from me that was abandoned in the 18th century so all the wood is buried and super wet so it smokes perfectly. I just wish I could get some mesquite here in Sweden.
     

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