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Hazel wood?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by rodc, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. rodc

    rodc Smoke Blower

    Anyone know if hazel is any good for smoking - there are a few hazel woods nearby & quite a lot of wood for the picking.


  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Are you talking about hazelnut wood? which I'd bet would be a nice flavor like hickory.
    Or hazelwood? which I think is like a sweet gum, with a five sided leave.
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Didn't find hazelwood anywhere in the Woods For Smoking sticky nor did Google really produce anything helpful. I would think you could smoke with it but then again it may not burn properly or may have a lot of resin, I don't know.
    I recently tried out smoking with birch, lots of folks weren't sure if birch was a good wood to use and it turned out to be great, though birch was on the list in the sticky.
    I'll do a bit more looking around and see what I can find but hopefully someone will come along and offer you a definitive answer.
  4. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The reason I asked for clarification is that I thought hazelnut/Filbert was a common tree in the UK, but I remember hazel wood in the south USA being the same a a sweet gum. I would love to have some hazelnut wood it has to be great to smoke with. I was also thinking that using hazelnut shells for smoke would be good too.
  5. rodc

    rodc Smoke Blower

    Sorry, wasn't clear in the OP - Hazelnut wood.

    Hazelnut trees don't grow very big, but they are a species that handles coppicing well, (ie if you cut the main trunk, multiple new trunks grow from it) - some farmers coppice a few to grow new straight sticks for their shepherd's crooks & walking sticks. I doubt that it'd be difficult to get permission to harvest a couple of trunks.

    Think I'll need to give it a go.
  6. rodc

    rodc Smoke Blower

    Read an article in Bushcrafter Magazine (a british 'survivalist' magazine without the guns I guess you could call it) that recommended Hazel wood for smoking. Tiem for trip to the nut-wood!!
  7. I smoke and BBQ with wild hazelnut / filbert wood once in a while. I like it and save all of it that I cut down. Get all you can its good stuff.
  8. brianbray

    brianbray Newbie


    Hazel, being I assume the nut, is great for smoking.

    Here in the US Pacific Northwest it is a native wood and my family has been using it as a favorite for many years. Like all nut woods it is a mild and fragrant smoke. 

    PNW smokers are traditionally more about smoked fish and jerky than "Southern style BBQ." and for the twelve hour smoke/dehydrate kind of smoking that we do, a mellower smoke is better.

    Alder is native here too and a lot of people make a fuss over it as a smoking wood but me not so much.

    I use filbert for everything, jerky yesterday, smoked salt and smoked garlic the day before, and pulled pork today. I will put bacon in right behind that pulled pork. It has been a big week for my smoker.

    Good smoking to you- Brian Bray [email protected]