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Cut My Next Year's Smokin' Wood

post #1 of 7
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Last Spring I cut down 21 maples, so I have plenty of that and I burn mostly oak up at our lake place for campfire cooking so I brought some of that home too. One neighbor has a mulberry tree that overhangs my lot and it trashed the place with berries this year, so I trimmed the limbs back to the fenceline and another neighbors kids climbed and broke a cherry tree in their back yard and I was told that I could have it and a guy 2 doors down from me has a crabapple tree with a big limb that stuck out in the way so I inherited that too.
I gathered up a stack of 20 gallon plastic storage tubs with lids, took my power mitre saw out back and started cutting wood. I filled a tub each of fist sized chunks of oak, maple, apple, crabapple, mulberry and cherry. And I'm negotiating with a neighbor to cut down and bring me some hickory from his Dad's farm.
post #2 of 7
Man that is a lot of wood. Remember that you need good air circulation around the wood so that it will season properly so don't seal the lids down too tight.
post #3 of 7
21 maples!!! that's a lot of wood!
And i thought I had a lot with a whole huge cherry cut down this Summer.
Like Dutch said, make sure you have good airflow and you may want to take the wood out a few times during the seasoning process and rearrange them.
post #4 of 7
Nothing like the warm fuzzy feeling of having wood CHEF.

This is my rig for storage/drying in garden house

red oak,white oak
cherry,silver mapple

post #5 of 7
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I saw that picture when you first posted it Alex. That's a great setup.
I've had 2 people promise me whole apple trees and I'm hoping to find someone down in pecan country that might want to swap some apple for pecan.
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Yep-I have a nice box to go-Pecan...PM. and it is yours.will send for postage chef......
post #7 of 7
Man that alot of maple. I have heard of smoking wiht maple so I went to my smoking wood place and picked up some maple. They had it and it is a good tasting wood for sure and it's on the wood shelf as we speak now. Dang it Alex you do everything big I like your shelving system for drying wood.
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