When is wood seasoned?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by arsmokinjoe, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. arsmokinjoe

    arsmokinjoe Newbie

    Smoking a pig for Halloween and I plan to use pecan.
    I believe it is trees downed from the tornados.
    How long should it season?
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    To many factors to consider.  The tornados where this Spring, and it was cut while the trees where still alive so it is only 3 or 4 months old,  I doubt it is ready

    Seasoned wood is light, and rings when you hit them together.  Wet or uncured wood will give you a dull thud,  dry wood will give you a crack or ring.  Easiest way is weight,  the drier the wood the lighter it is.
  3. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The guy I buy firewood from has this on his website:

    Simple wood moisture test

    - Add one large piece of wood to the top of an established fire. If it starts to burn on three sides within one minute, it is dry and seasoned and right for burning.

    - If it turns black and starts to burn in about three minutes or more, it is damp.

    - If it turns black and does not start burning until five minutes or more, it is green and wet.

    - If it hisses at any time, the wood is soaked and will not burn until the

    excess of moisture is boiled away.  
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Never heard of that test BlueBomberfan

    I will have to take notice next smoke
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Joe,usually when the ends start to split radially, they can be used for cooking.If in doubt, pre-burn the wood and it doesn't matter how old it is, the nasties are gone!
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit


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