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Valley Oak--good for smoking?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

There is large street tree down the block from my house.  It apparently is a Valley Oak.  I just realized that it has been "red tagged" by the city as being structurally unsound and is scheduled to be removed.  But the notice also says that usable wood will be left out for the public to take.  Have I just hit the jackpot?  Is this type of oak wood good for smoking?

post #2 of 6

You should be OK, discard any rotten parts and season well.

post #3 of 6

If it's oak and it's solid, it's useable!  Break off a branch and burn it in a trash barrel and check the aroma - even tho green, should smell like wood!  Be out there and gather all you can, split and stack it and wait a couple years!  A future investment for free!

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Excellent.  Thanks for the confirmation.  I plan on taking as much as I can.

post #5 of 6

For me it would be a jackpot.......I use a lot of oak for beef.

 

Brad

post #6 of 6

Well seasoned, that will be excellent wood.

 

Good luck and good smoking.

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