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Any woods besides conifers not to use...

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by hoyoguy, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. brokenwing

    brokenwing Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Okay not to hijack this thread but what about sassafras.  I have a boat load of that!
     
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Why not smoke the nuts and eat them instead?
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  3. lennyo

    lennyo Newbie

    Can cedar wood be used for smoking a butt?
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The short answer is no.

    The long answer is that cedar is used for cold smoking salmon and fish is cooked on cedar grilling planks, however these two facts do not mean that you can successfully use cedar smoke over a long period of time to BBQ a pork butt.
    The list on the site is misleading IMHO because there are many commonly used smoking woods listed, such as ash, maple, oak and black cherry. It also appears that the irritant/toxic effects are from the dust created from wood working.
     
  6. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What about old wood? Some nice piece of apple or whatever that has been out in the weather long enough for the bark to rot off. When is a good log too old and dody? Or what about old wood that has been in dry storage - not rotted, just a few years old?
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Aged and seasoned hardwoods/fruitwoods are excellent....
     
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's fine to use.
     
  9. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Papaya is a very soft wood and not suitable for smoking. Guava is a good tropical wood (I've heard it's very similar to apple wood but I've never used apple wood so I don't know). I don't know what kind of trees you have there but I use kiawe (Hawaiian mesquite), guava, ohia and coffee wood a lot. I, just this past week, also got mango, avocado, candlenut (I don't know if this is okay to smoke), and some mesquite that was imported and is growing at one of our resorts.