Well really two questions. First one is a mom and pop type hardware store near me is selling English white oak at a rate of about 20 logs for $5 and I saw that oak was a smoke heavy wood but didnâ€™t know if that included English white oak if it does not include the English oak is it at least ok to cure my new cooker in? Second is what is a good way to tell what kind of wood I am looking at? Apple is pretty easy but I found someone selling hickory who said they took down a tree in their yard and that I could take as much as I wanted for $50. I donâ€™t really know how to tell if it is what they say it is. Is this just a time when you have to take someone at their word? If it was someone I knew or was a friend of a friend I wouldnâ€™t question it but I found the listing on Craigâ€™s list and shot the guy an e-mail.