Just got an Apple tree!!

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by ds7662, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Family member had an apple tree cut down at their house and is giving me all the wood.[​IMG] This thing is huge!![​IMG]
    It was about 60' tall and 18" plus in diameter.[​IMG]
    It was still producing apples. They just wanted it out of the way.
    They are also giving me opportunity to cut half a pear tree as well.
    Can't wait till this stuff gets seasoned. I am picking all of it up friday.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  2. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Way to go! You're going to be smoking for quite a while! That must have been some more apple tree. Can't wait to see the Q coming from those smokes.
  3. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good deal. Free stuff is always good.

  4. Lucky devil . Freebee too ! Man , I'm jelous . Pear too ? Interesting . Never tried it . How long till fresh wood is seasoned properly anyway ?
  5. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I will post some pics of the tree[​IMG][​IMG] ..
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    60' ???? That thing must be ancient!!!
    Nice score, have fun cutting and stacking that monster!! [​IMG][​IMG]

    Heck, it's probably already seasoned! j/k
  7. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Takes at least 6 months after cutting and splitting.
  8. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    This tree was at my grandparents home place. It is very, very old.
    Family is trying to clean the place up and re-do fences. This was in the way. I will post pics.
    I remember eating apps off this thing, and pears form the other tree.
    It produced green apps. Not like in an orchard where may be red or whatever.

    I recruited some help. My brother...his sign says will work for BEER[​IMG][​IMG]
    Cutting will be n/p. Have 3 saws. All big sthil farm bosses. Have a 20 ton spliter also n/p there.
  9. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You are good to go......[​IMG]
  10. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man I'm tellin you, apple is my favorite. It goes with anything, and can be made a bit more stout if you need it by adding some oak; for ribs, add some cherry chunks. As far as how long it takes to season, it depends on the size you split them. But I like to give them the broken bat test: bang 2 pieces together. If it sounds like a broken bat, it's seasoned.

    If you just have to have some now, you can put a few split logs in your smoking chamber and cook them for a couple hours with charcoal. It will work, but not as well as letting them season naturally.

    I forsee many great meals for you this year!
  11. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I can't find pecan around here. Which seems to be a popular wood in the mid west.
    Each region has it woods.

    Geek, thanks for advice and info. I have plenty of oak so n/p there.
    As far as seasoning I plan on making it into chunks not whole split logs.
    I will leave split where the air can get to it good through the summer. Make into chunks when I am ready to use. Which I won't start tell August or Sept.
  12. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man, that's one big tree, great score. You could even sell enough to get another toy(smoker) and still have plenty to smoke with[​IMG]
  13. I have an apple tree, peach tree, pear tree, and pecan tree to trim in the next week. Will the small 1/2 branches on the apple, and pear tree be good for smoking?
  14. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I would not see any reason they wouldn't. Just make sure they season. Don't use right away.
    Pear is supposed to be very similar to apple. I haven't used it yet though.
  15. Apple is great but recently I have been using a lot of wild grape vines. Great smokin!
  16. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ok, said I would post pic's once I got the tree. So here they are....

    A Woodpecker was having a field day with this tree...
  17. gramason

    gramason Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That should last you a while. Hmmmm, my neighbor has a couple, wonder if he would notice if I removed one.

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