White Birch and Multiple Blessings

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by deejaydebi, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    On my way home from work Friday I spoted the town crews vutting down a white birch and asked the owner if I could have some. After getting the son to translate to his parent what I wanted they said sure sure take take! The don't speak english I think they are Polish or Russian I can never tell those to apart (No offence if your either - I don't speak the language).

    I came home got my ole 1992 Dakota and filled her up with anything I could lift! The oldcouple looked at me weird and kind of with a frown. I know they were tlaking about me because they keep nudging they heads in my direction.

    When I finished loading the truck I walked over and I asked the son "How do I say thank you in their language?"

    He looked puzzled and said "what? then the long word with lots of sylables."

    I tried to repeat the words several times then and I looked at the old couple and stumbled a horrible "Thank you" to each of them with a bow. Suddenly they both smiled ear to ear and I and got the biggest grin and hug from each or them. Then the lady said another bunch of words and said "You Wel Come!" I repeated the words. What a joy to see them smile so big over something so small! I felt blessed!

    As I drove the truck home (only about few blocks - I lost my breaks on the street I live on! Talk about having an angle on your shoulder! I was once again blessed!

    To some this may sound strange but as some of you know I'm headed for Bufalo next week to help Shelly in a BBQ contest and I could have been on the freeway driving at 70 MPH before I lost the brakes and killed somebody - so I consider this sort of thing a blessing! Sometimes we miss these little blessings and wonder why we are cursed but think about it sometime ... I may be a blesing in disguise!

    ANYWAY ...

    Couldn't passup a free truckload of wood already cut down in carry size lengths. I know birch is good to smoke with and supposed to taste like maple - but has anyone here every used it?

    Here's a picture of my prize and my pride and joy for the past 15 years:
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  2. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great score debi & glad ya got the brake thing worked out. [​IMG]
     
  3. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice score,

    I never smoke with birch before (actually never thought about it) but I would guess there is nothing wrong with it.

    I will wait to hear how it goes for you and may have to try some please keep us in the loop and let us know how it tastes
     
  4. johnd49455

    johnd49455 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    We had a White Birch that was half dead & I had it half of it cut down when we had our roof done. The neighbors have a large white birch that has completely died. In our area they have some sort of disease that is killing them off. Do you think I sould ask for sme of the wood for smoking when they finally cut it down? We are also slowly loosing our other half of our tree. I was not aware that White Birch was good for smoking[​IMG] What kind of flavor does it impart??
     
  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I won't get to try it til next year but It's supposed to taste like maple. I'll look through and see if I can find some dead limbs maybe.
     

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