I got wood!!

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by pitrow, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    lol... ok, get your minds outta the gutters.

    My parents dropped off a small load of maple from their property. It's mostly smaller pieces (upto about 4" rounds) that's very well seasoned. It's probably been sitting in their shop for about 5 years.

    I have been burning a couple in my fireplace and they burn hot, but fast. Almost too fast to be useful. So I was wondering if they'd make good wood for smoking?

    And if so, what's the best way to chip it up?

  2. dionysus

    dionysus Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    No reason not to use the Maple in the smoker ....

    MAPLE - Smoky, mellow and slightly sweet. Good with pork, poultry, cheese, and small game birds.

    I find the easiest way to cut up those small rounds is with a band saw. I can easily get "fist" size pieces that work well in my GOSM
  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice score....don't chip, chunk it!! [​IMG]
  4. emtee

    emtee Fire Starter

    There are several different types of maples. I heard that sugar maple is the variety of choice. Can any of the others be used?

    As far as chunk size, with my electric I like 4-5" by about 3" rounds. My smoke element is a "U" shape (out of a Lil Chef), so I take a round and set it directly onto the element. It produces a perfect TBS. Then occasionally I just rotate it to expose new wood to the element. I usually need only one, maybe two rounds for the entire smoke session.
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never had a bad maple. Silver, red, sugar...all are good.
  6. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i agree with you here Rich

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