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Bad Wood

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Thread Starter 

I've got a shot at some FREE Maple and Pecan, but both trees have

Black hollowed out cores in the center of their trunks. If I leave this section alone is the rest of the wood

ok for smoking?

post #2 of 3
Honestly I don't think even the hollowed out sections will be bad to use. Most likely the tree was hit by lightning or in a fire at some time in their lives and it natural charcoal.
Take a couple of pieces and build a fire with them, I doubt you notice any difference between that and other wood other than it may burn a little longer!
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback, I thought it would be ok to use, I just didn't want to make bad smoke or get someone sick.

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