Palm wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by the dude abides, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not that I see many palm trees here in Iowa. But wondering what you southern folks use palm wood for? Can it be used for smoking? I've never heard anyone talk about it at all, so I was just curious?
  2. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The center of a palm tree is soft like a tater sort of(Hearts of Palm). I dont think you could really dry it to cook with properly
  3. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Would have to agree with scpatterson regarding the actual wood - it's not very "woody". Even the bark on the outside that falls off the trees doesn't seem like it would produce much smoke, would burn more like leaves do. The fronds are used to make decorative things sometimes and they dry out pretty good...but again it would be like smoking with leaves. Palm wood, from what I've heard, is used sometimes in construction, especially on Asian Pacific islands, and to create decorative crafty things and art, like plates and bowls and stuff like that. The sap can be fermented and made into palm wine, but I've only heard of islanders doing this and I've never seen it in Florida. But, like scpatterson said, the wood is too soft to burn.
  4. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    [font=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica]Generally speaking, you want to use only hardwoods from fruit-bearing or nut-bearing trees. In my experience, fruit woods tend to impart a lighter smoke flavor, while the nut woods produce a stronger smoke flavor.[/font]

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  5. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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