Which wood wood you buy?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by torchrider, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    I have an opportunity to buy a cord of either oak (Texas live oak) or Texas Pecan for $90. I cant afford both right now. Which would you buy for smoking?
  2. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    personally I would go for the pecan, but that just because I dont get to smoke with it too often up here in Illinois and I have ample free oak available
    If your smoker is a stick burn the oak sure makes a nice long burning fire though
  3. torchrider

    torchrider Fire Starter

    I should have added that I have a traditional side fire box smoker.
  4. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey torch, I'd go with the pecan BUTT 50/50 WOOD be great! 90 bucks for a full cord is almost too cheap. A cord should last you a couple of years even if you smoke each week.

  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Shame to have to pay for wood.
  6. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I myself would have to go with oak.
  7. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with the pecan group, but if you want some of both will they sell you 1/2 cord of each?
  8. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    pecan wood is great
  9. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like the 1/2 cord of each idea
  10. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I like the 50/50 idea also. I havent used either but understand that pecan is close to hickory so I would say if you can get hickory in your area go for the oak.
  11. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i've used oak to start the bed and get the heat going and then used the pecan to flavor the meat.
  12. countryboy19

    countryboy19 Smoke Blower


    I have more wood than I know what to do with right now. And I have 3 LARGE Cherry trees that I'm supposed to cut down this spring/summer.

    If you have a chainsaw put an ad on craigslist that you'll remove certain trees for free. Thats how I got the cherry trees, and I got 2 apple trees that way too (which I already took down). I also got a medium sized hickory from my brother's property.

    When I smoke I typically mix my woods and go with 30% hickory, 30% apple, and 40% cherry.
  13. If I couldn't do the 50/50 split, I'd have to go with pecan.

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