tell me about cottonwood, please?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by tasunkawitko, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    gentlemen -

    i saw on a couple of lists that cottonwood is recommended as a fuel and even as a potential fllavoring wood.

    we don't have too many of the more traditional woods here (hickory, oak, etc.) but there is a abundant, never-ending supply of cottonwood. i am wondering if anyone has tried it and how the results were.

    camping as a kid, i always loved the smell that a cottonwood fire would bring. the hotdogs, fish etc. that we cooked over those fires seemed fine, but i've always thought of cottonwood as a softwood along the same lines of aspen, which i have never seen listed as suitable for smoke cooking.

    any experiences?
  2. meatballtn

    meatballtn Fire Starter

    If you already like the smell of the smoke , I would give it a try. I think it is a softer wood though.
  3. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I build decker pack saddle trees out of cottonwood. It is in the same family as aspen, birch and poplar. It is a hardwood in the sense that it is from a deciduous tree, but the wood itself has a soft feel to it as compared to oak, maple, etc. It is tougher than hell, and has been traditionally used for bridge and trailer decks (besides my use). I personally don't like the smell of it, but if you like it, give it a try. If you know of anyone up your way that mills it into lumber, let me know as I'm always looking for a source for my trees.
  4. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    mulepackin -

    considering that i spent some time living in lewistown and in the stockett/sand coulee area, i have a feeling we might have chewed some of the same dirt on a windy day, or something very similar.

    i'll keep an eye out for a milled sourse, but to my knowledge, i don't think there is one. if you get the chance, feel free to post some pictures of your work at my website (see signature) as there is a good crowd there and many who might be interested in what you're making. also, there are quite a few montana boys there as it is a site started in montana as a source of hunting, fishing and outdoors information for montanans and has grown to cover the nation and in fact the world.

    as for cottonwood for smoking, i might give it a try when i am more experienced and am able to do some experimenting, but for now, i think i will keep it regulated to campfires, where it does an outstanding job ~
  5. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I say use it! Anything that keeps less of those damn seeds from clogging up my gutters and air conditioner is fine by me!
  6. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm with AJ , my lawn was almost white in spots yesterday , not to mention window screens in addition to what he posted [​IMG] rotten dang trees .
    Unfortunatley , none of the ones around me are on my property. If they were I'd sure have some great bon-fire and cooking wood [​IMG]

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