Seasoned Wood for smoking ?????

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by boykjo, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I just built my 250 reverse flow and it works great. 


    I have some good dry pecan in the building for over a year and I bought a truck load of hickory a few weeks ago that was out in a pile and the man said it was seasoned. I have been using my smaller braunfel using charcoal and pecan chunks and my results are awesome but I use a lot of fuel to run the smaller smoker. The big smoker works superb and needs little supervision but I am not getting the perfect smoke. Sometimes the food is a little too smokey but still good... This changes from smoke to smoke. I do notice when I add the hickory it will have water/bubbles oozing out of the wood and the smoke will billow a little when a fresh piece of wood is added. It does burn but it does take a while...

    Is seasoned wood supposed to be dried or is seasoned wood just cut and stacked for a year and the moisture content is lowered by resting. Before I buy more so called (seasoned) wood I would actually want to buy dried wood to eliminate this short spurt of white smoke when adding a piece of wood. I am also considering removing the bark. I just pm'd a guy on CL and asked if his hickory wood was dry not seasoned

    Will I have to buy seasoned wood that is wet and store it for a year or more so it will become dry and be able to burn immediately without the white smoke. Is seasoned wood supposed to be dry or be just able to burn....

    Joe
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't have your answer, but I cut some oak bout a year n a half ago. Put it inside a shed that has all almost all the windows out of it.

    I still get that liquid coming out of the ends of the wood and it has been split the whole time.
     
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yeah..... I read you did that on on other post. My dried pecan doesnt have any liquids.. Maybe cause its split smaller.... My neighbor gave me some oak planks to season my smoker and I didnt see any liquids....nothing but TBS
     
  4. smokerjim

    smokerjim Meat Mopper

    i'm not positive but i would think if it is supposed to seasoned there shouldn't be liquid coming from it,was it left out in the rain with no cover that might cause it,other than that i would say it wasn't seasoned all the way,just a guess,
     
  5. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    According to this video Seasoned wood is wood with a moisture content of less than 25% so I assume the best wood for smoking is wood that has a moisture content of lees than 10 percent so even if wood is seasoned it can still be wet. My neighbor is a master carpenter and he has a moisture meter and he has measured dried wood and I think the lowest he has measured was around 4%. I dont think wood would ever reach zero % moisture....

     
  6. buttburner

    buttburner Meat Mopper

    this is true. The wood I am using is about 18% there is always moisture in it

    you can get a moisture meter for about $15 on Amazon, I have one but don't really use it much. I can tell if its dry enough or not
     
  7. Hey Joe,  Around here what they call seasoned wood is wood that has been cut, split and stacked for whatever time. I am using year old pecan.  Ideally if I had a place, I would like to stack it in a covered area with good air circulation so it would really dry.

    Gary
     
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Well.. it looks like I'm going to buy a truck load of hickory from this guy for 80 bucks and stack it in the shed for next year. I will have to find some dry wood to get me through the year....I do have the pecan but not near enough..... There is a wood mill close by that has a kiln and they sell kiln dried wood.. maybe ai'll stop buy to see if the will dry a load for me and what will it cost...
     
  9. Good Luck, They Might

    Gary
     
  10. vaquero01

    vaquero01 Smoke Blower

    one way I've been able to reduce the moisture content is with heavy, clear plastic sheeting. I stack my loosely on pallets, and cover the wood with the heaviest clear plastic I can, it acts as a hothouse and draws the extra water from the wood. As a side note to something else you mentioned. Always debark your splits. One, it helps the wood dry quicker and two, bark contains tanins that can impart a bitter taste. 
     
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Joe,

    Is there any Cabinet Shops around your area.

    We used to give scraps away free by the 50 gallon drum!!

    The stuff we gave away included mostly kiln dried Red Oak, Cherry, Maple, and Birch.

    Ours was kiln dried down to 6% moisture content. Then steamed back up to 8% to close the pores.

    We gave it away for kindling, because there wasn't too many smokers around. That would have been great stuff !!!

    Bear
     

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