Originally Posted by lookwow
Oak on the other hand seem to be all over the place. Some say its strong, others say its mild.
Originally Posted by SmokinAl
I know there are a lot of oak varieties.
Different parts of the country have different kinds of oak.
Originally Posted by solaryellow
White oak and red oak (southern apparently) are part of my regular rotation.
Originally Posted by Kingkoch42
I go with the people that say Oak is strong.
I have a SFB smoker and have used only Oak. My oak is almost three years since it was cut so it is very, very dry and I have to wet it down a little before using it. Maybe it is because it is so dry or maybe because I smoke much smaller quantities of meat, but after just four hours of smoking the food has a good strong smoke flavor.
First off let me say that judging from your signature pic that you probably live in Wisconsin, second if you have access to a ready supply of maple I would cook with the maple, but that's my personal preference. Smokin Al is correct there are 49(if I counted correctly) oaks native to the US, so when someone says "oak" I always wonder "which one?" The oaks most often mentioned as good cooking wood are white oak, live oak, post oak, pin oak, northern red oak, southern red oak and coast live oak which is also known by the local name of "red oak" on the west coast where it is found. Don't worry I'm keeping it simple, this is a link that tells you which oaks are found in Wisconsin, just scroll down until you find Quercus, they're listed with the scientific name first and the common name second.
On the other hand Kingkoch42 lives in France and the oak he has is not what we are used to. BTW Cal your acacia pic is posted here-
solaryellow the growing ranges of southern and northern red oak do overlap, if you go to this link and click on NC you'll find a list of trees found in NC.
FWIW I find that northern red oak smells sour when burning and at this latitude takes a very long time to season for cooking so I do not use it, although I know others that do. JM2C.
Edited by cliffcarter - 7/28/11 at 2:18am