Good morning, I'm new to this forum and new to smoking, so I'll probably be using these forums a lot in the next few months.
My first question is regarding wood for smoking. I just bought a weber smokey mountain (18.5") and I'm excited to get started. As far as wood is concerned, for the first few batches i bought a bag of smoker chips to get started with, but in the future, I'd prefer to just use my own wood. I live next to an old apple orchard that's no longer used for anything, but there are still a few apple trees out there. It's been out of commission for 30+ years so most of them are gone and the orchard is forest now, but I digress.
I've read that apple wood is one of the best for smoking pork, so I'd like to take advantage of some of these old trees out back. If I were to cut up a few branches, what do I need to do to ready them for smoking? Can I just chop it up into chunks and use it whenever, or do I need to let it dry out over a few months first? Thanks in advance!