Hurricane leaves lots of Pecan wood!

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by peavley, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. peavley

    peavley Fire Starter

    Due to the recent Hurricanes down here in Louisiana, there is tons of Pecan trees that are down. I have never used pecan, just hickory but I hear that they are very similar. What is the best way to go about getting some of this wood to use for smoking? Usually I just buy it from academy, in the chunks. I can figure out the size and everything, but what about the bark? Do I leave it on or take it off somehow? Also about how long do I need to let it sit before I use it? Any advice is appreciated.

  2. taterdavid

    taterdavid Smoke Blower

    we got tons of trees down here in PA far i have scored 3 oaks and a cherry. i could literally get a semi full if i had one, people are giving wood away left and right, go out and get all ya'll need to season it so you won't be able to use it probobly till next summer if ya split it now, heck if ya can get a ton ya might be able to even turn a profit, we don't have to many if any pecan trees up here and they don't even sell it in a store anywhere around here
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Some people skin the bark off some don't. In the heat of the south it doesn't take near as long to dry wood as it does in the north. The smaller chunks will also dry faster. When you think it is dry burn a piece and see if any liquids boil out of the ends thats the best way I know to tell for sure.
  4. taterdavid

    taterdavid Smoke Blower

    i didn't think about the north/ south thing, good point.definatly get it split and to size will help it dry quicker

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