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Sweet gum?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by domn8_ion, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Hey everyone. I read the sticky and saw that you can use gum trees for smoking. My question is does that include sweet gum. You know, the ones with the irritating spiney balls that hurt everyone's feet.
  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Dom -

    Still trying to find info on Sweet gum for you. Your not being ignored! [​IMG]
  3. I don't think anyone is ignoring me. I understand not everyone knows everything. Thats why I asked. I figure someone might know the answer but hasn't read the thread yet. Someone will tell me sometime.
  4. smoke-o-matic

    smoke-o-matic Newbie

    been using sweet gum for years It Is
    a very hard smoke
  5. smoke-o-matic

    smoke-o-matic Newbie

    Have Been Using Sweet Gum For Over 35+ Years...No One That I Know Has Gotten Ill From Smoking With It.
    It Being Such A Strong Smoke Wood We Mix It With Oak....
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  6. smoke-o-matic

    smoke-o-matic Newbie

    I smoke my meats and smokehouse that is over 60 years old everytime that smokehouse was smoking there was sweet gum smoking the meatwhatever kind of meat it was I just don't understand why they say it's not good for you or it will make you sick
  7. smoke-o-matic

    smoke-o-matic Newbie

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  8. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Give me a few minutes.  I think I can track down some information for you but it could take a while.

  9. tehrob

    tehrob Newbie

    Found some info as to "why not"

    "I am a furniture maker by profession, and I must tell you to stop using the red gum. It's scientific name is Liquidambar styraciflua, and is also called sweet gum. It is a member of the witch hazel family and should have the astringency and bitterness of "witch hazel" lotion. It is frequently used for furniture when people can get it. The redgum is the heartwood of the tree and thus has the MOST of the extractives and bad stuff (to eat) in it. So stop using it and try something else; you might even be poisoning yourself.
    Ray "


    Hope it is accurate and helps!