- Joined Oct 23, 2013
Hello everyone. I'm not a complete novice when it comes to smoking but am when it comes to using large chunk wood. Where I live, it is hard to get large chunks of wood suitable for smoking as most trees that are cut down around here in lower SC are typically pine. Thus, I usually use lump charcoal with wood chips for flavoring that can be purchased at the store in my side fire box. However, today, one of my neighbors cut down a large sugar maple tree as parts of it were starting to die. He asked if I wanted any of it and I, of course, jumped on it. The wood definitely still has a decent amount of moisture in it. So my question is, what should I do to season it properly. At the moment, it is stacked in large logs (some almost 2 feet in diameter) under my car port. I'm planning on stripping off its shaggy bark and cutting them down into smaller chunks. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on what I should do and how I might speed up the drying process? I assume the cutting it into smaller chunks will help.