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Russian Olive Wood

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am currently in the process of cutting down all of the russian olive trees on my property,(30 down, 35 to go), and I got to thinking, can this be used for smoking? Has anyone ever tried it?
post #2 of 14
Good for black powder production...heh. It's a kinda fast grower tho... I'd be leery of it. Try it out. Light a chunk and sniff. Seriously, it's to the point I can tell usually if it's a good wood.
post #3 of 14
does it produce fruit?

most fruit bearing trees are good to smoke with.........
post #4 of 14
I can't imagine that that stuff is good for anything. How many scratches and puncture wounds have you received so far? WD, if thorns are considered a fruit, then yeah they are very prolific. Shortrib, where are you at over there?
post #5 of 14
Seems like a soft stringy wood that would not be conducive to smoking meats though I've not tried it. Mine go in the bonfire pit.
post #6 of 14
hmmmmmmm.........i wonder why its called olive wood then?
post #7 of 14
It don't fruit. It does thorn a bit tho. Looks more like a willow than anything else.
post #8 of 14
does basswood produce bass?
post #9 of 14
LOL... Jack pines?
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I will light up a piece of wood to see if it smells any good, maybe try smoking a hamburger to see if it will work.

Mule Packin wrote:
I lost track of the puncture wounds and scratches after the first day of cutting. Also found out I needed a thicker pair of leather gloves.
I need to get my irrigation ditch's cleaned out, and these things grow like weeds in the ditch. The guy that owned the property before me did no maintanence what-so-ever. I have picked up a truck load of old wooden fence posts so far and I still have the south 1/3 of the property to get cleaned up. I just spent the last three weekends with a trail cutter knocking down the shoulder high grasses. Weeknights I go and spend a couple of hours cutting trees. I will concentrate on cleaning the north 2/3 of the property, before I start in on the last part. Loan got approved now I can get my house and pole barn up, and get the well drilled and sewer put in.

I am eight miles north of Hardin, just 1/2 mile off the Bighorn River.

post #11 of 14
Weird... never had any fruit on the ones we had. Gum and resin? Dunno about smoking with that then eh.
post #12 of 14
has anyone managed to try this yet? results?

we've got quite a lot of it here, and it produces a shriveled, brown thing that i suppose is technically a fruit.
post #13 of 14
Russian Olives produce an inedible "fruit". it's a small, berry-like fruit, about the size of a raisin, and roughly the same color as the leaves. the inside contains a [relatively] large seed, and a pulp that reminds me of mashed potatoes.

I dont know if the wood would be any good for smoking or not. never burned any.

Edit: picture - worth 1k words. clicky
post #14 of 14
drlouis - i'm probably one of the few people who thinks of the russian olive as a nice-looking tree, although i will admit they can be a major PITA when it comes to landscaping.

i might try this sometime this summer - if so, will report on results.
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