I need help identifying this wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by jdsmith, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. jdsmith

    jdsmith Smoke Blower

    I went to my town's compost site last night to grab some wood for a camp fire. I grabbed some of this stuff too. Looks like the cut an entire tree down, there is quite a bit. The main stumps look to be as much as 24" in diameter. I'm thinking it is maple, and wouldn't mind using it for the smoker, but don't want to if it is something that is unsafe to burn? Can anybody help me out?
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't quite tell what it is, however you can take a piece and set it afire and smell it after it gets going good. From the rings and the little bark I see, it is similar to Maple.
    The burn thingy will tell you. Look(smell) for sweet smoke.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with you JD I think it's maple also. If I was you I think I would go back and get some more
  4. nate_46

    nate_46 Meat Mopper

    No expert, but it looks like my dad's silver maple tree.
  5. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If its not silver mapple-it looks alot like the magnolia here-

    Does magnolia grow in your parts....
  6. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    what they said and if you can't use it in the smoker then you have camp wood so it's win-win
  7. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Heck to me it looks like apple. take it all, there are only a few woods you don't want to burn, and you'll know after you do a burn test if it smells good to you or not. A pic of a larger piece of wood might help with the ID
  8. jdsmith

    jdsmith Smoke Blower

    thanks folks for the input. I went out and moved the coals around from last night and got the fire going again. I stuck the end of one of these in and got it going. I think there was a sweet smell of sorts. Although like my buddy said, "it smells like burnt wood!" I'm thinking you need to have a bit of a trained nose. Personally, I thought it had a nice coffee grounds smell to it. I took a couple more pics. Judging by the moss/algae on some of it, I'll probably need to take the bark off.
  9. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Judging by the moss/algae on some of it, I'll probably need to take the bark off.

    No, shouldn't hurt a thing, it'll all burn just fine, just shows it got aged a bit! Happy smokes!

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