Crape Myrtle

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by steevieg, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. steevieg

    steevieg Fire Starter

    Hello everyone,

    Has anyone ever used Crape Myrtle? I have one fairly large tree we cut down last summer and it is now dry enough to burn. I believe it is hardwood, but am unsure if it's a suitable smoking wood, and if it is, what type of meat would go best with it.

    I appreciate any input.
  2. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Can not say that I have
  3. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From what I have been able to gather from some quick research the Crepe Myrtle is basically a wetlands flowering tree. I would hesitate to use it to smoke anything because it is not a true hardwood.

    But.....burn a little bit and see if it generates a black smoke and produces a bad smell. I could be 100% wrong but there is wiggle room here.

  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I can't seem to find any references to smoking with this plant either. Everything I find talks about bushes.
  5. steevieg

    steevieg Fire Starter

    It can be grown as a bush, but here in Georgia it is commonly used as a multi-trunked tree that will grow to 20 feet and more. They are very nice ornamental trees that look great in the heat of summer. I still have 4 but one was in a bad spot and had to go. I just hate seeing wood go to waste...... [​IMG]
  6. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru


    It concerns me that it may be grouped as an evergreens or linked with conifers. These trees should NOT be smoked.


    Just noticed your new signature - Go for the Smoke Vault! You'll love it!
  8. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My info says they are deciduous .... anyway can't be any more harmful than cedar [​IMG]

    Any ideas of where I can pick one up Deb? ... going to Oshkosh Wis. in July via Chicago around the lake.
  9. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Squeezy did you smoke with cedar? Or are you talking about the planks? Planks are ok they don't actually burn (hopefully). [​IMG]

    I got mine a only took 3 days. Maybe you could have it delivered to Wisconsin and pick it up there? I can't seem to figure out how to get anything to Canada.
  10. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cedar stinks! I planked some Brie or Canembert cheese for a friend once ....[​IMG] Far as I'm concerned it is an evergreen that is useful in keeping moths out of your clothes .... there are much nicer woods to plank with (in my humble opinion)

    Why is it that we can't walk into a store and buy the smoker you want? ... we have to pay them to ship it to your home or store for an extra $60 ....[​IMG]
  11. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Paul, stop on by depending what the date is (1st comp in July) also if you would like your more than welcome to have anything shipped here and you can just swing by and get sounds like your route will take you right past us.
  12. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  13. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll keep that in mind, but it is a little out of my planned route. I'm still trying to get out of shipping charges ... yeah ...I'm cheap! [​IMG]
  14. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

  15. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks like I'm going to be ordering one up ... thanks for the tip!
    Any experience with the cover they are offering as to durability and such?

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