sycamore wood?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by terrance o, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. terrance o

    terrance o Newbie

    Seems like i have seen somewhere that sycamore wood should be avoided. is that the case or not? say its a good wood overall for a fire place. It seems to me that if it is good for a fire place then it should be good to use un a heat source after it has burned to coal then throw a few pieces of hickory for the smoke flavor ?
  2. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    FWIW I found this on a website:

    Don’t use any wood from conifer trees, such as PINE, FIR, SPRUCE, REDWOOD, CEDAR, CYPRESS, etc.

    There are many trees and shrubs in this world that contain chemicals toxic to humans–toxins that can even survive the burning process. Remember, you are going to eat the meat that you grill and the smoke particles and chemicals from the wood and what may be on or in the wood
    are going to get on and in the meat. Use only wood for grilling that you are sure of.
    If you have some wood and do not know what it is, DO NOT USE IT FOR COOKING FOOD. Burn it in your fireplace but not your smoker.
    ELM and EUCALYPTUS wood is unsuitable for smoking, as is the wood from SASSAFRAS, SYCAMORE and LIQUID AMBER trees.
  3. sisco

    sisco Smoke Blower

    Don't use old railroad ties either. [​IMG]
  4. terrance o

    terrance o Newbie

    thanks ron thats what i need to know.

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