dead fall/ green wood combo?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by saltbranch, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. saltbranch

    saltbranch Smoke Blower

    I am going to use the preburn to coals method.

    I have property that I can go cut Mesquite. If I cut a combo of dead fall and green, put that in a burn barrel and burn to coals for the pit, will it work? Dead fall to start fire, green added to top.
    Also if I cut green Mesquite(no splitting) and stack, let sit for 6 months, is it dry enough or should I split it?
    I know in the fire place at our ranch we start fire with dead fall and have the green cuts on top, then add green wood as you need heat. Can the same principal apply to cooking?
  2. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't use green wood fer nothin. Just me, but as fer dryin, it gonna dry faster as a split then a log.
  3. saltbranch

    saltbranch Smoke Blower

    What would be the dry time whole log vs. split? I have the option of cutting in field, let drop and pick up later. Basically I have access to 1700 acrs in south Tx that is family owned. I can cut now and pick later, only problem is we are heading into the cooler/wet months.
  4. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yall wanna get it up off the ground, I stack on Pallets, that way the air gets round it better. Logs verse split I go out on a limb an say splits will dry upta 50% faster cause ya got more surface exposed ta the air. I cover mine with a cheap tarp ta keep the moisture offin it.

    Most a my splits will dry perty decent in bout six months time. Course I pull from the top an work my way down so it just keeps dryin.

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