Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by porkorama, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. porkorama

    porkorama Newbie

    Hey all-

    I'm just starting out...first run a couple weeks back w/ maple and spareribs, turned out great...this is probably a dumb question but Jeff says that he uses splits to maintain consistent temp. for about 45 minutes, is a split 1/4 of a log, or smaller?

    Thanks, Tony D.
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tony, it really depends on the size of the log. On my logs that measures 3-4 inches accross, I'll just split them in half. Anything up to 10-12 inches will get split into fourths while the much larger stuff will get split into fourths and those splits will then be split in half though the cross section.
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  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I try to make my splits a fairly consistent size which means some logs get quartered and some get split more than that. Since I share wood with a few friends I cut the logs about 14-15" then split them into about 3-4" thick splits. My firebox is 24" and the shorter splits still work fine.
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  4. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Here are the splits that I used sitting next to a regulation size football for reference..


    And.. a side view to show you the thickness

  5. danielh

    danielh Meat Mopper

    I probably do way more splitting than i need to, but mine look about like jeff's.  maybe a little longer though.  I will split a 6-8" log into at least 1/8ths if not smaller than that.  At least in my head it seems to not only burn cleaner, but i swear it seems like i get more mileage out of my wood.  Probably not...  But if i believe it, it has to be true :D
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  6. Good info.  I noticed that you don't have any bark on your splits.  I have been using Pecan that I left the bark on and I am getting some thick white smoke until it burns off.  Do you somehow de-bark your wood, or do you just save the interior pieces with no bark and use the outside pieces in the fireplace? Inquiring minds want to know.
  7. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    I generally don't worry about the bark unless it wants to come off.. if it is loose I'll go ahead and pull it off but otherwise, it gets a sniff test and a visual and it's good to go. If it smells moldy or I see fungus, bugs or something funky, it goes in the bin for fireplace wood.

    The cherry pictured here was already split and de-barked when I got it so I'm not complaining[​IMG]
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

        Here's a shot of my splits;'FLO' likes small, short sticks placed right in front of her nose(intake).

    I start like this -    and end up like this  

    A good way to learn your placement and size of fire in your SFB is to get a 6-pak and play with it...just sayin'

    Hope this helps and,

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