Wood identification help please

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by hickorybutt, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Need some help identifying firewood. I have a rack of wood I bought earlier in the season for the fireplace and want to pull out sticks I can use in the smoker. Over half of the pile is Elm. I've taken pictures of groups of other species below and would love some input!

    Photo 1: cherry or red oak? Smelled fruity...

    Photo 2: white oak? 99% sure it's white oak based on the bark.

    Photo 3: red oak?
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks like it's oak, although there are a couple of sticks in the upper left of pic #3 that I don't recognize as oak because of the color and one to the right in the same pic that has the brown heartwood may be maple.
  3. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Cliff.  I figured most of it was oak.  And I thought some of it was cherry, but then I picked up a load of cherry yesterday and confirmed that the wood in the pictures above isn't cherry.

    If some of the sticks are maple, I'm sure they'll be good and add maybe a surprising spin on some meat.  Surprise wood! 

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