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Will Squared

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Where I live I am surrounded by Mandarine Orange orchards. They just got through their season and will start pruning the orchards in about a month or so. Has anyone used Orange wood for chips or chunks??
I also have some Osage Orange ( Bodark ) Has anyone used this for chips or chunks?
 
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I’ve always heard any fruit tree is good (mild) smoking wood. I’ve used Apple, cherry and persimmon. Assume orange “wood” work as well.
 

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Osage orange appears to be the same as hedge wood. Mixed bag of answers online but I did find this thread on a smoking site. Several swearing it’s the best wood ever for pork. I do know it burns super hot.
 
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Will Squared

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Osage Orange , aka Hedge Apple, is the highest BTU rated hardwood in N America.
Very interesting wood. It is also called Bois d'arc, Bow Wood, as it is the best wood for bows. Around the 1820's (before barbed wire) it was extensively planted along roads as hedges and to be harvested for fence rails.
Thank you for the link.
 

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That was a great thread. All of that info is correct. Fence posts do not decay. The wood can be steamed and bent into a circle! I met a guy that makes custom fish nets with them. I make bows from the wood I have found around here. On a bow the wood molecules on the front of the bow are expanding while contracting on the back without cell failure. That is pretty amazing.

Many in that thread are swearing by Osage Orange for smoking.
 

Will Squared

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Just joined BBQ Brethren (at the link).

I think I like the layout of SMF better.
...a little easier to navigate...
 

Will Squared

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I have heard that too. Strip off the bark for better taste.
The orchards around us are organic.
 

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I have used Orange wood chunks in my WSM or Kettle. It is a mild smoke
Richie
 
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Will Squared

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Thank you for the input. I am just getting started with smoking and a whole world is opening up.
I will try different woods for chips and for chunks. I want to try to flash smoke with some herbs from the garden.
 

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Citrus is an excellent choice for lighter proteins such as fish, turkey and chicken. I have also used it on pork with good results.
Osage orange (aka “hedge”) is a great wood for general smoking. Find someone with hedge growing on their place and there is a good chance you will be allowed to cut all you can haul. Hedge cures slowly, burns HOT and also has a nasty trait of throwing sparks, but it does make nice smoke.
 

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I’ve always heard any fruit tree is good (mild) smoking wood. I’ve used Apple, cherry and persimmon. Assume orange “wood” work as well.
How did the persimmon wood do?!!? We have some trees on our mountain property and I know how sweet the fruit is after a frost and I've wonder about using it for smoking ever since I got a offset smoker and like to use split wood as my heat source in it.
 

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How did the persimmon wood do?!!? We have some trees on our mountain property and I know how sweet the fruit is after a frost and I've wonder about using it for smoking ever since I got a offset smoker and like to use split wood as my heat source in it.
I like it. I still have a little but not much. I usually use it on chicken or fish.
 

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