my first newbie question

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by trotline, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. trotline

    trotline Fire Starter

    I have a quick question for you guys about wood. My family owns some land and it is full of oak and hickory with a few apple trees. Is there any reason why I shouldn't walk through and gather my own wood? I would know better than to gather rotten or nasty looking wood but I have a few oak limbs down from lightning that seem to be clean. These should be ok to chop up and use, correct? How long should I allow them to dry out before they are good? I have been lurking this board for a couple weeks now and have found tons of good info. I had never even heard of an ABT or a fattie before but my first ones were amazing (by my beginner standards anyway!) Thanks for all the tips.
  2. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey trotline.
    No reason you shouldn't gather up the wood, infact I would be out thee right now collecting it.
    Depending on the size of the wood you want to let it season for a year for larger pieces and if smaller branches then 6 months and they should be ready.
    Just remember to stack them so they can get airflow, and try to keep them out of the rain.
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have access to those woods then Yes you would want to use them. As for drying time that is going to depend on how big the pieces are. I know usually people say about 9-12 months for normal splits but it you make them smaller is would take less time to dry out.
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't see any reason why not. Just make sure you let it dry out for a season. Be sure to read through the stickys in this "Woods For Smoking" section in case you venture off into some other woods that you didn't list.

    Welcome to the forum!

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