Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by pike, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    ill have to try some Mahogany for smoking meats.

    found a site today that uses this wood.
  2. pops6927

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

    Be careful cutting it if you have to. Phillipine mahogany sawdust when breathed in thru the nose can cause a rare sinus cancer. I knew a husband of one of my former employees who had to have half his skull removed to get the cancer out of his sinuses. Was not a pleasant procedure and they could only put back half of what they took off.
  3. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    ive got a board but no clue as to where its from
  4. chef jeff tx

    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

    Never heard of using Mahogany as a smoking wood.
    I'd be a little leary because as mentioned by Pops it can cause issues. I know several people who have gotten pretty bad rashes, similar to poison ivy from handling the wood and/or coming in contact or breathing in the dust while sanding or turning it.

    Also there are several species of wood that aren't Genuine Mahogany that are sold as mahogany:

    The Spanish or cigar-box cedar (Cedrela odorata) of Central and South America has a hard, durable, richly colored wood that is used as a substitute for the true mahogany in fine [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important][font=Georgia,&quot]cabinetry[/font][/color][/color] and furniture, as is the crab-wood (Carapa guianensis), with a broadly similar range. The African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) grows in tropical forests on the west coast of Africa and is one of the many African species, including those in the genera Entandrophragma and Lovoa, which are substituted for the wood of the true mahogany. Some tropical [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important][font=Georgia,&quot]hardwoods[/font][/color][/color] in other plant families are also used as substitutes for mahogany, for example, the Columbian mahogany Cariniana pyriformis, family Lecythidaceae.
    The Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) is native to southern Asia, but is grown as an ornamental plant in parts of the southern United States. The compound leaves of the Chinaberry can be longer than 20 in (50 cm), and its purplish flowers are attractive and fragrant.
    Species in the genera Azadirachta and Melia are used to manufacture botanical insecticides. [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important][font=Georgia,&quot]Seeds[/font][/color][/color] of the [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important][font=Georgia,&quot]trees[/font][/color][/color] Carapa guianensis and C. moluccensis are used to manufacture a minor product known as carapa fat, a thick white or yellow oil used in [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important][font=Georgia,&quot]oil [/font][COLOR=red ! important][font=Georgia,&quot]lamps[/font][/color][/color][/color], and sometimes as an insect repellant.

    Read more: Mahogany - Some Related Species
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I'd toss it.
  6. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    Toss it? not for a woodworker/carpenter, i had gotten a few boards for building with and its the left over wood.
  7. pops6927

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

    Oh, I agree with you there! Esp. as I'm in Texas where slab hardwood is as hard and expensive to find as chicken's false teeth. Just wear a good facemask and be careful handling it. Used to make hardwood clocks and things and know how valuable a good piece of wood is; it's fretting over what to make that's hard!
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've used Alot in cabinet & fur. building and never cared for the smell-and ya it has it's posions as does other woods-as far as me I wouldn't smoke with it.but that aint saying you shouldn't.
  9. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    you guys sound like me when i see the words cider planking. i wont use it myself and i dont want anything smelling like the inside of my hope chest[​IMG]
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I worked in cabinet making for over 20 years, and had my own shop for 10 years. I would avoid mahogany for smoking. Mahogany tastes terrible![​IMG] I know that sounds funny, because you aren't supposed to eat it, but when you saw it, joint it, plane it, and sand it, you can't help getting at least a little bit in your mouth. It is very bitter, second only to Walnut (in domestic woods).

    Did you know Walnut kills horses?
    When we gave away our sawdust for horse stalls & cow pens, we made sure no Walnut sawdust went to horse stalls. Horses absorb toxins from Walnut sawdust through their hoofs. They can then die of "Laminitis". Don't ask me why, but it doesn't hurt cows.

    Just my two cents.

  11. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    Hay alright another wood crafter, wont be short on conversation with this topic, :) wood working is fun
    isn't it? my dad got me interested in wood working when i was around 12 or 13, long time ago and built
    some interesting stuff along the way, (show you this gun cabinet made of all out of 2by4's talk about heavy[​IMG]) and a mahogany stereo cabinet i made in 12th grade shop class, (ya door got damaged, havent fixed yet)

    but anyway Ive never had any reaction from working with this wood.
    Wonder if that applies to all mahogany?
  12. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

  13. We recently came back from California to the UK and I purchased some mountain mahogany wood from the smokehouse in Bishop California and I must say it's the best wood I've ever tasted with jerky . The shop is awesome a real jerky fest and the smoked bacon on the restaurant sandwiches was "to die for" :grilling_smilie:
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I believe "Mountain Mahogany" is actually in the "Rose" family.

  15. Thanks I'll have a look, tastes nice
  16. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Mountain mahogany is related to rose family. Google Cercocarpus

  17. Great thanks, looked it up and it's nothing like mahogany for furniture making,as you say it's part of the rosé family.I smoked a ham joint for Christmas and all the family loved it so will also be using it to cold smoke some home cured bacon :yahoo:
  18. earlc2

    earlc2 Newbie

    The stores name is Mahogany Smoked Meats and I use to order from them years ago before California passed a law that made it unlawful for them to sell out of state.  But I just checked their online store and they sell mahogany wood chips and I ordered 9 lbs. of chips from them.  When it comes to bacon it's no contest, mahogany is the best tasting wood to use.  The taste of their bacon and other products is un-describable. If I was rich I'd fly out there just to by their bacon. :) I just hope I can mimic their products. 

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