So I have been doing to Aaron Franklin method of smoking for a bit now and I am very pleased with the results. However, I am not pleased with the cost of getting a 50lb box of post oak wood shipped. It is $96. In Texas, where the wood is plentiful, it is obviously cheaper. I have two questions. I have done some research (yes I am that crazy) and have found that post oak wood actually grows in the extreme southeastern part of Iowa. So I was wondering if there are any Iowans who can attest to this? Second, if post oak remains this difficult and expensive to get ahold of, I need to look into other options. Does anyone in the Iowa area know of any decent sources to get oak wood? I know there is white oak and red oak in Iowa. I would prefer white as it is milder. Any help would be greatly appreciated.