I recently took a trip to South Carolina, near Charleston, and had to try some of the BBQ, of course. Loved it. Anyway, was talking to some folks who own the joint we were eating at about their wood, which was obviously hickory, and as we got to talking told them I had never tried pecan. The owner of the place went out and sawed a bunch of branches off her pecan tree behind the restaurant and gave them to me for free!! Anyway, long story, short question: how long to wait before I use this wood? It seems relatively dry, but I really want it to be ready for smoking, so I was thinking 4-6 months??? Is there anything I should do to the wood besides just letting it sit there drying out? I've used "natural" hickory before, but I had known that the wood was ready for smoking. Thanks for any help.