Russian Olive Wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by shortrib, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. shortrib

    shortrib Fire Starter

    I am currently in the process of cutting down all of the russian olive trees on my property,(30 down, 35 to go), and I got to thinking, can this be used for smoking? Has anyone ever tried it?
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good for black powder production...heh. It's a kinda fast grower tho... I'd be leery of it. Try it out. Light a chunk and sniff. Seriously, it's to the point I can tell usually if it's a good wood.
  3. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    does it produce fruit?

    most fruit bearing trees are good to smoke with.........
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can't imagine that that stuff is good for anything. How many scratches and puncture wounds have you received so far? WD, if thorns are considered a fruit, then yeah they are very prolific. Shortrib, where are you at over there?
  5. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Seems like a soft stringy wood that would not be conducive to smoking meats though I've not tried it. Mine go in the bonfire pit.
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    hmmmmmmm.........i wonder why its called olive wood then?
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It don't fruit. It does thorn a bit tho. Looks more like a willow than anything else.
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    does basswood produce bass?
  9. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL... Jack pines?
  10. shortrib

    shortrib Fire Starter

    Thanks guys, I will light up a piece of wood to see if it smells any good, maybe try smoking a hamburger to see if it will work.

    Mule Packin wrote:
    I lost track of the puncture wounds and scratches after the first day of cutting. Also found out I needed a thicker pair of leather gloves.
    I need to get my irrigation ditch's cleaned out, and these things grow like weeds in the ditch. The guy that owned the property before me did no maintanence what-so-ever. I have picked up a truck load of old wooden fence posts so far and I still have the south 1/3 of the property to get cleaned up. I just spent the last three weekends with a trail cutter knocking down the shoulder high grasses. Weeknights I go and spend a couple of hours cutting trees. I will concentrate on cleaning the north 2/3 of the property, before I start in on the last part. Loan got approved now I can get my house and pole barn up, and get the well drilled and sewer put in.

    I am eight miles north of Hardin, just 1/2 mile off the Bighorn River.

  11. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Weird... never had any fruit on the ones we had. Gum and resin? Dunno about smoking with that then eh.
  12. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    has anyone managed to try this yet? results?

    we've got quite a lot of it here, and it produces a shriveled, brown thing that i suppose is technically a fruit.
  13. drlouis

    drlouis Smoke Blower

    Russian Olives produce an inedible "fruit". it's a small, berry-like fruit, about the size of a raisin, and roughly the same color as the leaves. the inside contains a [relatively] large seed, and a pulp that reminds me of mashed potatoes.

    I dont know if the wood would be any good for smoking or not. never burned any.

    Edit: picture - worth 1k words. clicky
  14. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    drlouis - i'm probably one of the few people who thinks of the russian olive as a nice-looking tree, although i will admit they can be a major PITA when it comes to landscaping.

    i might try this sometime this summer - if so, will report on results.

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