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Best wood for a heat source while smoking?

post #1 of 14
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I would really like to use wood as my heat source for smoking.  It tends to be cheaper then charcoal.  What would you all recommend to use as a heat source in the firebox?  Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 14

Oak is good .

post #3 of 14

My great grand ma whould save the hickory and ash wood for bakeing cause it burns hotter than oak or maple.As for cheap heat sorces.Check this out.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/99882/home-made-charcoal

post #4 of 14

I have used a lot of woods, and Oak so far is my favorite for the base heat, and then I use peach and pecan for flavoring.   I think hickory tends to be so dense that the coal base is tougher to maintain in smaller smokers.  Changing to a fine or "pizza aplit" helps that however.

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Originally Posted by SmokerFool View Post

I would really like to use wood as my heat source for smoking.  It tends to be cheaper then charcoal.  What would you all recommend to use as a heat source in the firebox?  Thanks in advance!


 

Hickory is one of the highest BTU rating

 

BTU Ratings of wood

http://thelograck.com/firewood_rating_chart.html

 

Heres a link to the density of woods

 

http://ejmas.com/tin/2009tin/tinart_goldstein_0904.html

 

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Originally Posted by michael ark View Post

My great grand ma whould save the hickory and ash wood for bakeing cause it burns hotter than oak or maple.As for cheap heat sorces.Check this out.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/99882/home-made-charcoal



This was cheap because the wood was beetle infested and not good for Smoking. its actually not very cost effective to use good wood to turn into lump.

Just thought I would point that out.

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This was cheap because the wood was beetle infested and not good for Smoking. its actually not very cost effective to use good wood to turn into lump.

Just thought I would point that out.


BEETLE FLAVORED BUBBA Q!... Mmm Mmm Good!...JJ
 

 

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BEETLE FLAVORED BUBBA Q!... Mmm Mmm Good!...JJ
 

 


Heres the critters

 

HA HA, THEY'RE LUMP NOW

 

 

Wasp beetle.jpg

 

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Edited by SQWIB - 9/13/11 at 12:45pm
post #9 of 14

    Smokerfool, your heat wood depends on where you are,people charge for wood a lot, especially if it's like Oak,Mesquite,Hickory,etc.Here in Ohio we have an abundance of Maple , so when I go begging I ask for Maple,my flavor wood I get donated by friends or in the right place at the right time(Oak,Hick.,and Apple right now).

     If you are a Pyromaniac,welcome to the club of "Stickburners",I am, and love itbiggrin.gif

Send shots of your stuff................

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Welcome to SMF and.........

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How about if all your wood is free .I live in arkansas the woods here are verry thick.So thick you have to use brush gun and carry your rifle vertical in front of you and some  places you don't go through you go around.AR has every thing from gator season,black bear, to elk season.

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Originally Posted by SQWIB View Post





This was cheap because the wood was beetle infested and not good for Smoking. its actually not very cost effective to use good wood to turn into lump.

Just thought I would point that out.



 

post #11 of 14
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How about if all your wood is free .I live in arkansas the woods here are verry thick.So thick you have to use brush gun and carry your rifle vertical in front of you and some  places you don't go through you go around.AR has every thing from gator season,black bear, to elk season.



 

 

Why make lump from good wood, free or not, if using a stickburner.

 

But if you prefer lump over wood for a fuel source.... go for it.

 

It is easy to make.
 

 

post #12 of 14

hit.gif I have burnt everything from persimmon , mulberry, walnut, and pecan...  lol

post #13 of 14

Just make lump for fun th_violent5.gifand for the grill not the smoker so much.Yes i did get in trouble for playing with matches as a kid.Bottom.gif

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Originally Posted by michael ark View Post

Just make lump for fun th_violent5.gifand for the grill not the smoker so much.Yes i did get in trouble for playing with matches as a kid.Bottom.gif



In that case go for it and yes it is fun.

My homemade lump burns real nice.

I May be making another few batches this winter. my buddy still has about 2 cords left.

I have been using pallets at work as a fuel source to make the lump.

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