Score of Pear and what about sweet gum?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by shooterrick, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Friend called with a pear tree he took down and of course I said yes i want it. He also has some sweet gum but I have never used or heard about using sweet gum. Any input appreciated.
     
  2. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It gives off a sweet chewy flavor that last a long long time [​IMG][​IMG].


    Actually, never heard of it used.
     
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've never heard of it used for smoking anywhere...come to think of it, I've never heard of it's existence.

    I just checked Dutch's post for a minute...nothing about it. I'd say until proven different, consider it toxic. Maybe get it seasoned well and burn some in a barrel or metal bucket and check the odor, smoke, soot, and watch for saps/creosote when heated/burning. Also, try to chip it with a small hatchet/axe, or wittle it to see if it is a hardwood or not. See if it can give off good charactoristics. I wouldn't try in a smoker until I knew for sure though, the smoke residue in your rig might be less than desirable.

    I don't know, but, it sounds like alot to go through...maybe a ground breaker though.

    Eric
     
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have three in my yard.They are a pain in butt--as they leave the spiney balls that drop on my yard all winter.Dont know about smoking, but i seem to remember that it wasnt great for firewood, with the oak and cherry around here.There is also a red gum here that doesnt drop balls,and the foilage is at least attractive red in fall.I agree with the ground breaker thought.
     
  5. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After a little research sweet gum is toxic. Do not use!
     
  6. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I dont agree with ground breaker thought anymore.
     
  7. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Heh-heh...I second that emotion! LOL!!!

    Eric
     
  8. I HATE sweet gum trees. I've raked them gum balls up 3 times this year and there's still 1000's on the tree.
     

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