i just cut some mulberry trees.

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by chinolofus, May 30, 2009.

  1. chinolofus

    chinolofus Newbie

    i recently cut most of the branches off of my mulberry tree in my back yard. then i cut them to about 1ft. pieces. i planned on using them for my firepit but seeing as they can be good for smoking i guess i will be using some for that. my question is how long until they are ready to use? if i cut them smaller will they cure faster? i cant split them but i can shorten them up with my miter saw. any suggestions? im in northern illinois if that makes a difference.
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd think 6 months would be good and I bet the thinner ya slice it the faster it will dry.
  3. chinolofus

    chinolofus Newbie

    thats what i was thinking. i was just hoping to be able to use some this summer. its already been sitting a month. where and how should i store it? right now they are just in a bunch of large storage bins in the garage. should i drag them outside on a sunny day or will the garage be fine?
  4. You will want air and sunlight (heat) to be able to dry it out.
  5. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    More air will dry them faster. Get them out of the bins and out of the garage. The sun and the wind will do the trick but dont rush it. Like Dan said, 6 months...no less.
  6. shorts

    shorts Meat Mopper

    I did the same thing...cut down a mulberry tree in my back yard. The small branches 1-2 inches in diameter I have had sitting behind my shed
    and already are showing the signs curing....cracking in the middle. I started digging some out and it smells and tastes great in the smoker. This is the smaller pieces that have been sitting in the sun for a month or so. They do get a lot of sun...I will say that.
  7. chinolofus

    chinolofus Newbie

    looks like im going to have to find a spot to put some outside of the garage then. thanks for the info everyone.
  8. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd think a location with a lot of sun and a good air flow around it would help alot in seasoning it...maybe putting it in an old onion bag an hanging it out of the rain? Just a thought...or did I read that somewhere here, Hmmm

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