Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by dc_x, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. dc_x

    dc_x Newbie

    I have an apple tree and spent the weekend clearing a bunch of twigs that fell off it. The twigs are about the thickness of my pinky.

    My question is can I use twigs in my electric smoker? I have only used commerically sold wood chips in the past.

    If so, what should I do to prepare the twigs (besides letting them dry out)? Do I need to shave the bark off?
  2. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I've used twigs of cuttings from my grapefruit tree. No problems in the smoker as long as they are dry. I would leave the bark on
  3. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    use em! came from the apple tree, its apple wood!
  4. tntxajun

    tntxajun Smoke Blower

    I use a fistful of the smaller twigs like chips and/or mix 'em with the
    larger chunks for some flavorful combos for smoking or grilling. The
    smallest pieces I let dry out for about 3-4 months and use 'em semi-green.
    The larger they are the longer the drying time. I use bark and all. Fantastic
    for fish and poultry and mixed with maple makes a smooth smoke flavor.
    I mix with hickory or mesquite for pork.

  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I got a gas powered chipper that I run everthin smaller then 1 1/2 inchs through. But ifin ya ain't got one a them, just chop em up with a hatchet an let em dry good. Great fer them low temp smokes er any other one ta boot.

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