Totally rookie move here, but i bought some wood from a local tree farm back in April while it was still cool out, about 7 pounds each of apple, cherry and hickory. wood chunks are about the size of a softball.
Since it was cool, i left them in my garage and bought some plastic bins with lids and neatly organized everything.
My first 4 or 5 smokes of the season the wood seemed fine. no problems at all. It started mid-may to get a little warm out and two weeks ago i went to smoke a beef chuck and noticed this!
Nasty yellow and black mold all over my woods. Now, the only wood that wasnt bad is the maple which came from a bag from amazon.
Two (actually three) things:
1) My guess is that because the apple/cherry/hickory were fresh from a farm that they werent seasoned or dried out. Which would explain why they molded and didnt have great smoke either before they molded.
2) I seemed to have good luck with the bags of weber brand wood i bought from amazon. any thoughts yay or nay on this?
3) Is there anything i can do to salvage the wood i have? laying it out in the sun? washing it off? it all seems to be a surface issue thus far, but many of the other forum posts indicate its not worth it and to just throw it away. this is $30 in wood so if i CAN save it, i'd prefer to.
Thanks in advance.