I'm so glad I found this site! I was looking for info on whether live oak could be used for smoking. I use oak that I've purchased but I'll admit I never thought of asking what kind of oak it was. der. Anyway, we've got a live oak that needs a sizable branch removed and it occurred to me that instead of sending it to the landfill, I could use it for smoking! Thus my reason for searching out the answer and this is the site I found what I was looking for. I've been smoking briskets, ribs, chicken, even mussels, for a lot more years than I wanna admit. I've got a Lyfe Tyme smoker that I've had for about 20 years...maybe even longer. It doesn't look new anymore but it sure produces some might fine foods. Anyway, happy I found these wonderful forums!