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Types of oak

jcam222

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I have a friend I buy wood chunks from for my cabinet. I likely will be buying splits from him for my Lang now. He has a lot of oak to clean out of his property. There are various kinds of oak. Are there any types of oak that are NOT good for smoking wood? I generally think not but wanted to throw it out there to those more experienced than me in wood selection.
 

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Around here we only have red and white oak. I see some down south have live oak and post oak. I would think all oak is good being a hardwood.
 

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Red Oak & White Oak are Hardwoods & Great for Smoking.
I don't know anything about the other Oaks, because I only used Red & White in Cabinetmaking.

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Down here in Florida we have several varieties of oak & they are all good for smoking. I have several scrub oak trees in my back yard that I trim regularly & dry for smoking.
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Post oak is a variety of white oak, and live oak is related to white oak but is its own group.
 

phatbac

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I find the red oaks to be a touch milder and sweeter than whites when smoking. i use all kinds of oak all the time in my Lang it is all good as long as its dry. you hit on concrete and it sounds like a baseball bat.

Happy Smoking,
phatbac (Aaron)
 

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Make sure it's cured. We have coast live oak (which is red oak) and several other varieties in CA. All good, especially with beef.
 

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