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Wood types to avoid when smoking

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I was looking through the forums to determine the best woods to use for smoking, and it got me thinking.  What wood types are BAD to smoke with?

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Conifers, railroad ties, phone poles, anything treated or painted. Nobody seems to use hackberry.

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I haven't seen a list of nonsmokable(I think I just made up a new word!) woods, but was wondering about Juniper. I have a treeline of Juniper trees and when I cut a dead branch with a power saw it smells wonderful! Anyone tried it?

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Thanks for the replies.  In my further research on the subject, I found this...

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/guide-for-woods-used-to-smoke-food

 

The bottom of the listing states what not to use.

 

I should have looked harder before I posed the question.

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Sota, I think Juniper is a conifer and would be a creosote problem. But be sure to save the berries to make Gin out of. Joe
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Sota, I think Juniper is a conifer and would be a creosote problem. But be sure to save the berries to make Gin out of. Joe


Thanks Joe, I did some research and found that it is used in some Scandinavian countries for smoking salmon. But, I also learned that there are about 30 varieties. Mine is a tree, so probably a conifer-won't chance it. Sure does smell good when cut though.

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