I did some searching on the forum on smoking woods, very helpful. The question I have about maple is does it matter what type of maple you use? I have some maple that I cut down and have been burning in the fire pit. I have know idea what type of maple it is. Any thoughts?
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Maple is good. The only thing is, the bark can be bitter, so smoking with small-diameter pieces can give a sharp edge to the smoke flavor.
It can handle beautifully, with a nice straight grain that's easy to split down to chopsticks if you want.
For the last half year, I've been smoking with sugar maple from a storm-felled tree that I was paid to remove. Recently I went back for more work and I was able to give that home owner a piece of pork loin smoked with her wood, she loved it.