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Hey all,

  My dad just got a few huge hickorys topped and I am going to chop them up into chunks. Can you smoke with green wood? If not, how long does it need to dry before it can be smoked?

post #2 of 4

Nooooo.... don't smoke with green wood, you will create nasty, nasty tasting creasote in your smoker and on your meat.. PDT_Armataz_01_32.gif


Cut it into the size you are wanting to use, then let it age/dry for a minimum of 6 months. I usually try to go 1 yr.

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What he said it makes for some funky creasote taste isn't good at all. Now I have heard of folks doing it somwhere in texas. the guy said that he has to replace his smoker like every 3 years or something like that.

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i am currently smoking with green hickory that has been felled in last 2 months, u can smoke with it but use an alternative wood with it as they said it will give a bitter taste to the meat the greener it is. When it is dry u can strictly use it as i do from wood left over from year prior. I am currently mixing it with Cherry and Sassafras and Apple wood i have stockpiled. I guess it all depends on the kind of smoker u have and what ur smoking. In the past i learned this early and that is what smoking is finding what works best for u and ur meats and trial and errors. Hickory is a strong Hearty wood and if its green use it sparingly or it could ruin what ur smoking!!

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