Apple wood drying

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by bgcorn, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. My neighbor has an apple orchard and he pruned his trees last week he let me get some of the trimmings. I cut some pieces about 2-3 inches around and about 2 foot long. I have staked them cross ways in my basement where air can circulate I also have a dehumidifier . About how long will it take for the wood to be dry enough to use in my smoker?
  2. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Small pieces inside like that, 4 months ta maybe 6 months an they be nice an dry.
  3. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    people do smoke with green fruit woods, they just don't use as much wood. I've never done it, but have heard of others that swear by using green fruit woods. It doesn't work as well with green hardwoods or nut woods.

    If you want to make sure it is cured, you can tell by weight and if the twigs break or bend before snapping.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get more and by nexy spring you will be ready to do a bunch of PIG!
    As Travco says,4 mos. , but you could use it now if you pre-burn it some as a suppliment to your normal fuel. Just burn it to coals, has a great flavor!
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It takes high heat ta burn green wood. Not really suitable fer the type a smokin we do. The guys runnin huge rigs get by with it. I only use seasoned wood myself, don't like takin chances with cresote.
  6. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd cut those smaller diameter limbs into 1"-2" long pieces, like hockey pucks, and leave some of them in the house in a warm spot to dry. I bet depending on conditions they'd be dry in a month.
    Your mention of a dehumidifier makes me wonder if you could stick some in a dehydrator for quicker use. (I know it could be done but have yet to hear about it)
    I'm guessing you have a small unit that takes chips or chunks, which would work fine.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have heard on tv that people use green wood to smoke but in here I have nothing but dry wood smoking. The stuff that comes from the people here is to die for and really looks and sounds yummy. So you make your mind up tv vs real pictures and words I'm gonna stick with the folks here. Let it dry out. I would become one of your neighbors best friend around tree trimming time for sure.
  8. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    DITTO!!!!!! Not a good idea unless you have a good distance between heat source and meat.
  9. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    As long as you have vented your box properly, creosote is not likely going to form on your meat or your smoker. Rather then listen to all of the different opinions on this here, experiment and let us know. I'll gladly smoke with some green apple wood if someone would send me some, then I could review it on my blog. We just don't have apple trees down here in Florida.

    Again, I'm not advocating a apple wood fire, just a few small green pieces to provide some smoke. Google it, people all over claim it is good.
  10. Thanks Guys, I have a Masterbuilt electric smoker. I think I will cut them into smaller pieces and wait a few months before I use it.
  11. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep-once you get a good supply you are set......Applewood is one of my favorites.
  12. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Things my Grampa told me about wood.

    You can cut the drying time of fruit woods by about 1/2 by splitting it.

    Outside in a sunny windy location will dry it much faster than in a tarped sheltered location . We cover the top of the stack with corrigated metal sheets to keep the rain and snow off, otherwise its open to the weather.

    leave a space between your stacks of wood for air circulation.

    Remember rattle snakes like woodpiles because thats where mice like to nest. Usually they are found when the pile becomes reduced down to the last few pieces, so roll the bottom layer over with a long pole before picking them up.
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  13. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well havin been smokin fer over 30 years an grown up in a family that processed there own animals an worked fer the packin plants, I'll stick with the dry wood.

    There is alot of misinformation on the internet, yall do what ya wan't, I'm gonna continue with what works fer me. The seasoned versus green debate has been sung here many times, general concinsous is seasoned be the way to go. If ya like green wood, by all means use it.

    If ya burn green wood in a wood stove yer gonna get creosote, an a wood stove got lots more draw then a smoker is ever gonna have plus more heat. I don't reccomend doin it.
  14. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Aw come on GB, where be yer sense a adventure![​IMG]
  15. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think yall be much happier doin it that way, good luck apple is a great smokin wood.
  16. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I once picked up a bundle of branches while doing yard work. a Bull snake came flying out of the bundle and down over my shoulder. I hit the ground running my a$$ off down the alley. I got about 200 feet before my brain finally registered the image of its pointed head which said Bull snake not Rattler. [​IMG]

    Neither my sense of adventure nor my heart could stand to do that again.
  17. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd pay good money ta see that![​IMG]
  18. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Similiar thing happened to me while camping in west virginia.A timber rattler had snuggled under a bottom log near campfire....

    I still watch/poke around the ground level logs!!!!!!
  19. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Now, remember I'm a stick burner,so.....
    Green sticks meet Burnie,


    Not being sarcastic,but don't knock it till you try it. Like hot smoked Brisket, can be done and have done one, but I like the slow way.
  20. Man this site has helped answer many questions and this was a big one. I know five large hardstone fruit orchardists and have free reign to apple, cherry, peach and pear wood. What I have always wondered is how long I have to dry it. Thanks again SMF[​IMG]

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