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Free, can you beat it?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
A good friend of mine who lives down the block had a fruit bearing pear tree which was dropping pears all over his yard. That brought out the yellow jackets in droves, not to mention the squirrels which can just be annoying.

After owning the house a couple of years and going through this a couple of seasons he decided to have it taken down. Knowing that I smoke food he had the guy who took it down save the wood for me.

I've now got a full tree to split (I'd say about 1/2 a face cord of pear wood).

Anyone ever use pear wood? Can you use it as a base wood for a stick burn like an SnP like you would Oak or should it just be an accent wood for flavor?

Obviously I have some time while it cures to figure out what I am going to do but just thought I would throw it out there and see what everyone here has done.

Thank you in advanced for what I am sure is going to be great answers!

post #2 of 17
I would not use it as a base wood. Just use it for smoke and flavor. I have never used pear myself but figure it would be like apple, a rather subtle taste. Good deal on your find.
post #3 of 17
Use it as your flavor wood as you would peach or apple. It's a nice, mild smoke.
post #4 of 17
Have got to love free smoking wood. I happened to go to an apple orchard over the weekend and started talking to the owner. Ended coming home with about 60 lbs of free apple wood that was cut about 8 months ago. Should be just good enough for the turkey for thanksgiving. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 17
I did the same thing with an orchard around the block from me. He gives me a few logs when the trims each spring.
post #6 of 17
Congrats nice haul and sure can't beat the price!!
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Never can beat free wood biggrin.gif
post #8 of 17
If you can cut some if into planks it is great for grilling salmon like you would with a cedar plank.
post #9 of 17
I would for sure use it as your flavor wood I use alot of fruit woods and it so niceand for the money I wouldn't just burnit up in smoke.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
wood around here is pretty expensive (225 for a 1/2 cord of oak). I would love to use Oak as a base for my smoke fires but right now just can't afford it.
post #11 of 17
Pear wood has a very high btu rating @ 32, more than oak, so I would indeed use it as a base wood.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
I was concerned about the flavoring though. Oak is a very light flavor and won't really affect the taste all that much. Is pear any stronger? Sounds like it might be.
post #13 of 17
Being a fruit wood I doubt it would have a strong taste. Burn some and see.
post #14 of 17
Nice score and great price.......
post #15 of 17
Holy Cow!!!!!!! Does anyone else pay that much for oak?
post #16 of 17
I get red and white oak for $75 a face cord, cherry and mulberry too.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Do they ship to NY? tongue.gif
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