Best wood for a heat source while smoking?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by smokerfool, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. I would really like to use wood as my heat source for smoking.  It tends to be cheaper then charcoal.  What would you all recommend to use as a heat source in the firebox?  Thanks in advance!
     
  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Oak is good .
     
  3. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  4. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have used a lot of woods, and Oak so far is my favorite for the base heat, and then I use peach and pecan for flavoring.   I think hickory tends to be so dense that the coal base is tougher to maintain in smaller smokers.  Changing to a fine or "pizza aplit" helps that however.
     
  5. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    This was cheap because the wood was beetle infested and not good for Smoking. its actually not very cost effective to use good wood to turn into lump.

    Just thought I would point that out.
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    BEETLE FLAVORED BUBBA Q!... Mmm Mmm Good!...JJ
     
     
  8. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Heres the critters

    HA HA, THEY'RE LUMP NOW

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    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

        Smokerfool, your heat wood depends on where you are,people charge for wood a lot, especially if it's like Oak,Mesquite,Hickory,etc.Here in Ohio we have an abundance of Maple , so when I go begging I ask for Maple,my flavor wood I get donated by friends or in the right place at the right time(Oak,Hick.,and Apple right now).

         If you are a Pyromaniac,welcome to the club of "Stickburners",I am, and love it[​IMG]

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  10. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    How about if all your wood is free .I live in arkansas the woods here are verry thick.So thick you have to use brush gun and carry your rifle vertical in front of you and some  places you don't go through you go around.AR has every thing from gator season,black bear, to elk season.
     
  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Why make lump from good wood, free or not, if using a stickburner.

    But if you prefer lump over wood for a fuel source.... go for it.

    It is easy to make.
     
     
  12. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]  I have burnt everything from persimmon  , mulberry, walnut, and pecan...  lol
     
  13. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Just make lump for fun [​IMG]and for the grill not the smoker so much.Yes i did get in trouble for playing with matches as a kid.[​IMG]
     
  14. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    In that case go for it and yes it is fun.

    My homemade lump burns real nice.

    I May be making another few batches this winter. my buddy still has about 2 cords left.

    I have been using pallets at work as a fuel source to make the lump.
     

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