I would like to ask what more experienced smokers think of my pecan wood.
Last month I was able to get some pecan wood from the orchard owner. I cut limbs from his burn pile that had fallen in recent months. I cut it in 4-5" lengths. The smallest branches are about 2" in diameter; the larger ones are 4'5" in diameter. I split the larger ones into 2-3 pieces. I kept a few larger branches in 10' lengths and will cut and split later.
I don't think the wood is seasoned enough to use because it doesn't have the spider shaped cracks on the ends that I have read about on this forum. Do y'all agree?
I don't know what to call the grey stuff growing on the wood, but I think I can get if off pretty easily with a wire brush if need be. Do I need to remove it before using the wood? If I leave it on will it affect the smoke?
Any other thoughts or suggestions?
A big thank you for your responses.