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Got Wood!!!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ak1, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    After leaving my inlaws house, I noticed some one chopping down a tree. So I stopped to ask what they had. Sugar Maple!!!

    Ended up with a piece of trunk 12" thick by 25" diameter. It weighs at least 200 lbs. I love freebie's!

    Then later that day, a buddy calls me up and tells me that he cut down an apple tree & I can have some wood.

    So, this is what I ended up with;

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  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great score AK1 !
     
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice score!
     
  4. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    nice score AK!!!  take that maple and make splits out of it, get rid of the bark and all that center stuff where the pith rotted out. save just the nice clean wood and season it for a few months minimum. you have some great smoking there buddy!
     
  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone!

    I figure I'll be sitting on this stuff until springtime at least.  I'm hoping that the rot in the maple doesn't go too far. 
     
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Great score sure wish we had apple around here
     
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    nice score!
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Definatly a great score and I use apple most of the time too. You will love it if you already don't.
     
  9. Sweet! I need some of your luck! I haven't had a score like that in months...way to go
     
  10. rugsrme

    rugsrme Fire Starter

    You saying that wood doesn't come from bags?
     
  11. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on getting wood AK.

    Freebies are the best. From the pic, the maple doesn't look to bad. There's gonna be a little bit that splits to the trash but theres alot of good wood there. Since I am working on my trailer, and its built with a stick burner, I guess I am on the look out for splits again.

    If you don't mind, please post back as to how well the maple works for ya.
     
  12. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Awesome, but I thought you guys weighed in kilos? Eh. [​IMG]
     
  13. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    sweet score bro,wanna sell it...[​IMG]
     
  14. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I think he knows if he says that, old guys like me will have no idea how heavy it is.

    I get a headache watching olympic weightlifting !

    Bear
     
  15. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Aw man, what a score! I sure would love some of that sugar maple! When I got my freebie hickory stump I was like a little kid so I feel your excitement![​IMG]
     
  16. dabullseye

    dabullseye Newbie

    erased
     
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  17. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    K!

    I got this cool hunk of sugar maple that weighs around 80 kilos!

    Happy now?[​IMG]
     
  18. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I love freebie wood, and am always on the look out for some. I'm pretty lucky in that where I live there's all kinds of stuff available if you look. Right now I've got Birch, Maple (Sugar & Norway), Apple & Plum. Had a chance a while ago to get some Peach & Pear, but didn't have a chainsaw available.
     
  19. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Next time I'll just say "It's really freakin' heavy"[​IMG]  Everyone should understand that[​IMG]
     
  20. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Score!

    Split it up and stack it loose, so air gets all around it.  I was told that Oak will "Air Dry" at a rate of 1/4"-1/2" per year, and I would assume Apple or Sugar Maple would be similar.  If you wanted to speed up the process, I bet you could cut up some small chunks, load them on a cookie sheet and into the oven for a few hours.  Worth a try....

    Todd