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Maple or Walnut?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by guaves13, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. guaves13

    guaves13 Newbie

    I'm a new smoker and I have some seasoned maple on my property. I will probably use that for some chops and ribs. What size chunks works the best? Also I have some walnut. Does that work well?
  2. brianj517

    brianj517 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    IMHO, maple make very good smoke (sweet and lite). Walnut, while a nut producing hardwood, makes better furniture (dark, oily, and heavy).

  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You would probably enjoy any food smoked with maple. As previously stated walnut looks good as your dining room table.

    Have fun.

  4. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How about eating maple smoked food on a walnut table?
  5. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Heya, Guaves13!

    I heat with wood and have a great deal of maple and cherry on hand. Unfortunately my property does not support my heating style so I buy log length maple and cherry pulpwood and process it here.

    I have found that when processing the maple and cherry that it is best to cut the logs cross grain at about two inches into "rounds" or disks. I have tried three inches and more and that does not seem to work as well as the thinner cut. From there I place on a hard surface and prop one edge up and whack the piece with a hammer splitting the round into two inch thick chunks of varying size. Works great in the smoker!