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Exotic Woods?


Joined Dec 13, 2020
Hi all,

Just curious what sorts of unusual wood you use? We all know the traditional Oak, Cherry, Apple, Mesquite, Hickory, Pecan, etc., but I'm curious what else is out there.

For a bit of background, I live in a region where arbutus trees flourish and I've read that arbutus is a good smoking wood. Anyone have experience with arbutus?


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Joined Sep 7, 2015
If it is a fruit or nut bearing tree, then you are good to go. Some are better than others.


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I've tried some woods that were less common like olive, orange or guava but seem to always come back to hickory, pecan, cherry and apple..... some times some peach.

uncle eddie

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My son got a "cocktail smoker" and it had a LOT of different wood smoke flavors...even alder

A-Maze-N has some awesome pure pellets and a lot of flavors...

...but like the others, I typically use my old standby's - hickory, pecan, mesquite and apple

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