Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by nick, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. nick

    nick Meat Mopper

    I got some OAK that's been split for about 2 months now. It's stored in a closed garage. Temp in there probably gets in the 90's during the summer. How much longer do I need to wait before I can start smoking with it?
  2. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Id wait a few more months. Even after the ends of the wood start to crack and darken, it can still hold a lot of moisture inside.
  3. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree 5-6 months minimum. You could probably set an old fan on low in front of the pile if you are in a hurry, or just buy some lump, almost all lump charcoal is oak.[​IMG]
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said. is it white or red oak?
  5. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Six months is a good target especially since it's split and kept in a dry area. If you can, I'd wait even longer but six months will probably take care of it.
  6. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic

    I would finish the summer out.
  7. nick

    nick Meat Mopper

    Richoso1, It looks to be red..has a reddish hue to it.
    I don't need it right now so it can cure on it's own but I was just wondering the time frame. Thanks to all that replied.
  8. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    if ya can let it dry 12 months

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