Maple wood

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by trailsend, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. trailsend

    trailsend Newbie

    I did some searching on the forum on smoking woods, very helpful.  The question I have about maple is does it matter what type of maple you use?  I have some maple that I cut down and have been burning in the fire pit.  I have know idea what type of maple it is.  Any thoughts?
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maple is good. The only thing is, the bark can be bitter, so smoking with small-diameter pieces can give a sharp edge to the smoke flavor.

    It can handle beautifully, with a nice straight grain that's easy to split down to chopsticks if you want.

    For the last half year, I've been smoking with sugar maple from a storm-felled tree that I was paid to remove. Recently I went back for more work and I was able to give that home owner a piece of pork loin smoked with her wood, she loved it.

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