• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Red Oak vs white oak?

Motorboat40

Fire Starter
67
80
Joined Feb 5, 2020
Just cut some red oak today and split it today hoping it will be seasoned enough to use this summer. Was wonder what type of oak is better for smoking red or white oak? And also if anyone has ever used chestnut oak to smoke with? And lastly I've heard that you shouldn't use wood with fungus that grows on the bark? I included some pictures of the wood I cut today with the fungus that was growing in the bark. Any advice is appreciated.
20200216_150719.jpg
20200216_150728.jpg
20200216_150733.jpg

This was a perfectly healthy tree that I cut down last year becasue it starting blocking the dish signal for our tv when it had leaves on it.
 

mike243

Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
1,585
489
Joined Feb 25, 2018
I have never worried about moss on the bark, mushrooms would be another story, not sure but deer prefer white oak acorns over red.
 

Motorboat40

Fire Starter
67
80
Joined Feb 5, 2020
I have never worried about moss on the bark, mushrooms would be another story, not sure but deer prefer white oak acorns over red.
That's what I was thinking how the deer prefer the smaller sweeter white oak acorns but I'm going to cut up some white oak to and test them both.
 

BandCollector

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
1,654
357
Joined Feb 4, 2009
Strip the bark and you can use either one. I don't know what Chestnut Oak is however.

I seriously doubt if anyone can tell if food was smoked with red oak or white oak because I have used both and no one knew the difference.

John
 
Last edited:

chopsaw

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
6,157
2,837
Joined Dec 14, 2013
I'm a red oak fan . I always strip the bark from oak , or any wood with thick bark .
 

mike243

Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
1,585
489
Joined Feb 25, 2018
I have never stripped the bark but most of my cooks with wood I have cut has been hickory , now I have been know to strip the bark of scaly to use latter grilling. it is awesome for flavor and a little goes a long way
 

indaswamp

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
4,871
1,655
Joined Apr 27, 2017
Red oak is a closer cousin to post oak than a white oak, but having said that; I like both and use both. Whatever I have available to me. I had a big pile of white oak I had been using, and now my BIL has a big pile of red oak. The red oak is 6 months old and has aged long enough to start cooking with it. I try to use wood splits that are 6-12 months old... And I always use the bark....I don't knock it off.
 

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.