Is using Pine & Gum ok ?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by shaka zulu, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. shaka zulu

    shaka zulu Newbie

    Morning folks,

    We are limited to types woods in South Africa, our common stuff here is pine, gum, thorn trees, meranti, and a few others.

    I want to build a smoker and get great results, will any of these woods work ? If I used a natural wood like pine, which is very common is braai's ( Barbaques ) , will this work ?

    Thanks a mill
  2. bamafan

    bamafan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If your pine is anythinkg like the pine in the southern US do not use it. Your meat will taste like an old fence post from the pitch and creasote in the Pine. I would think the gum tree would be the same. Not familar with the other woods you posted.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Shaka, Morning....And welcome to the forum....Glad you stopped in..........Later you might stop by Announcements/roll call and introduce yourself to our other members...

    About your question......... I do not know your S. African wood types....Maybe African Meat will drop by and help you out.....

     If I used a natural wood like pine, which is very common is braai's ( Barbaques ) , will this work ?

    If that is the wood that folks use for cooking meat "directly over" you would be OK.  My google translate page does not translate I am not sure of the meaning of that word......

    Using wood from trees that grow fruit would be my first choice...Dave
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The pine trees you have are not native to South Africa, but are from North America originally. Do not use these trees for BBQ.

    The gum tree is also an import from Australia, the eucalyptus. This tree is generally recognized as not an acceptable wood for BBQ. 

    I found the info on pine and gum trees here-

    You may be able to find guava or avocado wood, both have been used by forum members who report good results.
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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