Smoking with Chinese Elm

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by reekslikesmoke, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. reekslikesmoke

    reekslikesmoke Fire Starter

    I did a search and found nothing. Can you smoke with Elm? It appears to be very hard and heavy but I dont want to get sick from it. Thanks in advance.

  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No, Elm is not a suitable wood to use for cooking (smoking).
  3. reekslikesmoke

    reekslikesmoke Fire Starter

    Thanks for the quick reply RickW. I think I will still go get it and use it around the campfire then.

  4. reekslikesmoke

    reekslikesmoke Fire Starter

    Hell, I might even use it IN the camp fire!!! LOL Sorry, after I reread my last post it kind of sounded odd.

  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No problem, happy smoking.
  6. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have Chinese Elms, also called Syberian Elms, all over my yard. In fact I just cut one down a few weeks back. They are useless trees. You can try to burn it for camp wood but DO NOTuse it in your smoker or indoor fireplace or wood stove. It can be used in outdoor furnaces.

    As you said it is heavy, this is due to a high sap content. Once it drys it is like balsa wood. When you burn it the smell is like urine. Stay upwind!
  7. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They say the same about Weeping Willow.
  8. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    But when they're dead in the forest is where you'll find patches of morel mushrooms. WooHoo
  9. trashcan

    trashcan Smoke Blower

    More like burning urine. And they don't smell to great while they're alive either.
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The same for these lousy Buckeye trees here in Ohio.Worthless,stink and pops all to H---.The nut are fun to put in the fire on campouts, they explode[​IMG]
  11. reekslikesmoke

    reekslikesmoke Fire Starter

    You guys paint such a prety picture of it !! Im glad I got lazy and never went and got it now. Although I was kind of looking forward to that burnt urine smell. Um Um.


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