- Joined Aug 10, 2010
Just wondering if there was any wood not to smoke with besides conifers, cedars etc? Thanks in advance. Tim
Planking and open air use of Cedar is a different animal than the closed concentrated method inside a smoker. I have seen personally individuals who did not understand this end up in the emergency room from concentrated wood antigens in unsuitable species for smoking. Even though you see green mesquite used in open air grills by chefs the use of not dry green mesquite can cause problems for sensitive individuals. Stick to hardwoods and fruit woods. They are safe and lets face it, why take a chance.not that I would use it personaly, but why not Ceder? the natives up here have used ceder for hundreds of years to dry meat and fish.
well this is why I am asking, they make a smoke house and use ceder in it.. so untill joining here I have always thought ceder was fine. now is there a difference in the different ceder types?Planking and open air use of Cedar is a different animal than the closed concentrated method inside a smoker.
Stick to hardwoods and fruit woods. They are safe and lets face it, why take a chance.
well this is why I am asking, they make a smoke house and use ceder in it.. so untill joining here I have always thought ceder was fine. now is there a difference in the different ceder types?
I do use only fruit and a couple hardwoods so I am not taking a chance, just trying to learn more about why some woods are no good.
I don't think it is the same. The one here (near Chicago) has seeds about 1/2" across that have the seed in the middle like a bulls-eye with a fin around it. They're mostly like flat little disks.If your Chinese elm is the same thing we call Chinese elm, groups of hard green seed pods that have a milky astringent sap I would definetly stay away from it.
makes sence, I am going to have to ask my buddy. his parent still smoke salmon in the traditional way, and from what I remember it is 3 days in the smoke house. but the smoke house is a log frame with cedar brances all over it to make the walls and roof, then they just start a cedar fire in the middle and let it go.... maybe they are doing something different also?Cedar is fine/ and it isn't!
Basically, in an open air smoke, or a short (time) grill, like planking, it's OK to use. In the enclosed atmosphere of a smoker you'll have problems on a long smoke.
I would not use them for smoking. Funny thing about mahogany. It seems to be referenced both as a hardwood and also in Wikipedia as a relative to some Cedar species under softwoods. I should have been more specific when mentioning hardwoods. Most American hardwoods are fine if edible fruit nut bearing. That said I would not select walnut for myself. I just dont care for walnut. It is a personal taste thing.As a boater, I'm always running into teak and mahogany (well, not running into, but you know what I mean). Anyway, I believe these are both referred to as hard woods, but I'm assuming not suitable for smoking. Teak sawdust is considered toxic in the workplace.