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Preparing Wood Chunks

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I have found pecan and peach growers who will give me all the pecan and peach wood I can use.  I will be able to harvest pecan branches of all sizes and the entire peach tree (truck and branches).


To make sure I prepare it properly for my small smoker, I have two questions:


What length should I cut it?


At what diameter should I split it?


Thanks for your expertise and suggestions.

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Hello, markadams.! Glad you have an intrest in stick burning .

You (with a small smoker ) willdo well with pieces appox. 6" in length a nd the big pieces ,the same .

Your splits should be appox. 3" thick . This may call for multiple splits on the big ones.

Theory is to have as much exposed surface of the Wood as posible. .

The little bitty stuff is great for starting your coal bed. . Use all of that beautiful stuff . Fruit Wood is mt favorite , I have a lot of Apple and Hickory , but am havign to buy it now ,unless I can talk the tree trimmers out of some Maple ! ! !
Cut this way ,you will have a shorter curing time . If you want a quicker cure , cover the stack with CLEAR PLASTIC , AND IN A MONTH OF SUNNY DAYS THE WATER CONTENT IN THE WOOD WILL BE LOW ENOUGH TO USE ! ! !biggrin.gif

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Let's see , Georgia is a ways off , but worth a trip icon_mrgreen.gif

You have fun and remember ,
Patience is a Virtue ! ! !
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