Originally Posted by jarjarchef
I know I will get flamed for what I am going to say, but here we go......
I use mostly, almost exclusively the oak trimmings we have from our property. I will add some lightly seasoned orange wood to the wood pan to give the flavor. I personally feel that if fruit woods are too old, dry, seasoned or the oils are gone. They don't give much flavor. I will put my orange wood to age for about a month before i use it. I only use small amounts to enhance the flavor of the smokes. My ratio is usually 75-80% oak and 20-25% orange wood. Lately we have not had much orange wood, most groves are very protected or dead. Last year I acquired an old shed and a bunch of oak trimmings from a neighbors tree that was hit by lightning. It should be aged enough by summer for use. Now just need to find a source of orange wood..........
Flame flame flame flame flame.......... Oh and one more flame...... LOL
I am a great believer in using what is locally available. I understand that folks in the city don't have trees and have to buy pellets chips chunks and splits. I understand it made it easy for everyone else to burn off their fallen limbs or get the trees brought down by a company of pros (who sell it to the people who make pellets, chips, chunks, and splits). I too am just as guilty as all the rest of the lazy people. BUT with few exceptions, very very few exceptions, few of the store bought convenience smoke items hold the same smoke flavor as seasoned live wood.
I can but a bag of pecan chips, they will never have the smoke flavor of a handful of last years pecan shells. I can get pecan chunks but again, the seasoned splits from that downed limb's smoke will seriously outshine anything in that plastic bag.
This week I smoked a chicken and went oldstyle for the first time in almost a year, and the pecan smoke completely blew my taste buds away. I was amazed at the difference. Very pronounced pecan taste. Lazy and convenient, yes...... but I am back saving wood and shells again for when I want to seriously impress with a smoke.