What wood is this

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by johnwash, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Is this wood "smokeable" someone told me its maple but im no expert im seasoning it in my shed as we speak. Will provide extra pics if needed.
     
  2. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

     
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Looks like maple to me. Are you located where maple grows?
     
  4. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Yep right in New York
     
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I'm going to say sugar maple. I have a pile outside and the bark looks right.
     
  6. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    How long to do recomend seasoning it and is the current set up good
     
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Where did you get it? Has it been cut up for a while or is it fresh cut? I season mine until it's dry. I leave it out in the wind though. It's pretty windy where I live so that is easy. If you can cut it up in wafers like 2 inches thick it will dry out in no time.
     
  8. drewed

    drewed Meat Mopper

    split it too while you are at it.  I'd also peel the bark, as it looks like you got some fungus growing on it.
     
  9. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    I just cut the tree last week it was in my front yard. Should i take it out of my shed or keep it in
     
  10. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    I shouldnt wait at all untill i split it
     
  11. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    No need you can split it now, the smaller the pieces the shorter time it will take to dry out. I like discs. I use them bark and all in my UDS and Kettle. I don't know what the diameter is of those chunks but you could do it that way or split it and then cut in pieces. If you have somewhere warm, dry and with good ventilation they will dry pretty fast. I have stacked them on the top of my fridge before and they dry out in a couple weeks if small enough.
     
  12. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Am I right to guess that tree was dead?
     
  13. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Yes it was
     
  14. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    Around how long should i wait if leaving it as is
     
  15. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    It should be dried out pretty fast. If it splits easy I might even use it now if there is no moisture in there or sap running. You could always burn a test piece and see if it burns or not and if there is moisture bubbling out then it needs to season.
     
  16. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Yup, when you fire up your chimney put a couple of wood chunks on top. If they start oozing liquid they aren't dry yet. If not you're good to go...
     
  17. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    The middle of the wood is a little darker and damp so i think ill split it and let it dry outside
     
  18. johnwash

    johnwash Smoke Blower

    I cut a few pieces and let them dry outside can i leave the rest in ny shed
     
  19. ajs2654

    ajs2654 Newbie

    To me that looks like some sort of oak, maybe pin oak. I think if it were sugar maple the bark would feel smooth and the core/ inside would be 1 tone color as opposed to the two colors you have. Still looks like good stuff.
     

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