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Black spots on rings of freshly cut hickory wood?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by Erin Lewis, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. Hi - we just chopped down 2 hickory trees (the previous homeowners planted them RIGHT next to our house... less than 10 ft away) so we have a ton of wood!

    They were very healthy, nut-producing trees (believe they were shagbark). We noticed as we were chopping the sections into logs that they had these odd black spots in the rings. These were found the same day the tree was cut down.

    What are these spots, and is it safe to still smoke with the wood? I’m attaching pictures.
     

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  2. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Don't know what they are but I would use it no doupt
     
  3. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If I were to guess I would think the chainsaw bar was a tad hot and that is warmed up sap. I have never seen a hickory tree and that was only a guess.
     
  4. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Knock a couple a few times with a maul and see if it inside the none cut area. I am curious
     
  5. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    I cut alot off wood and never had that happen from a hot bar.
     
  6. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I cut a fair amount too and never seen it either. Just guessing. I’ve never seen a hickory tree that I know of either. If he splits it open we will know more though.
     
  7. I just sliced the edge of a piece - it runs through the wood. (2 pics attached)
     

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  8. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have no answer. But I would still use it. We have alot of hickory here too
     
  9. flatbroke

    flatbroke Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    No answer either. I’d use it. I bet those would look awesome stained.
     
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    it's from variances in the winters affecting the growth rings - no problem at all, just nature! Seen it many times.
     
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  11. Thank you all!
     
  12. A friend who is a forester says bird pecking and/or boring insects infected the tree with a fungus.
     
  13. motolife313

    motolife313 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That’s from the steel chain and bar oil contaminating the wood. I’ve had it happen to me. Goes almost all the way through. It did it on oak. A guy that runs a saw mill said it’s called a stainie. It was super dark black for me and bigger spots. Got some in the wood shed I can get a pic of
     
  14. motolife313

    motolife313 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    For me it became visible few days after the cut if not longer