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Valley Oak--good for smoking?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by kgb1, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. kgb1

    kgb1 Smoke Blower

    There is large street tree down the block from my house.  It apparently is a Valley Oak.  I just realized that it has been "red tagged" by the city as being structurally unsound and is scheduled to be removed.  But the notice also says that usable wood will be left out for the public to take.  Have I just hit the jackpot?  Is this type of oak wood good for smoking?
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You should be OK, discard any rotten parts and season well.
  3. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it's oak and it's solid, it's useable!  Break off a branch and burn it in a trash barrel and check the aroma - even tho green, should smell like wood!  Be out there and gather all you can, split and stack it and wait a couple years!  A future investment for free!
  4. kgb1

    kgb1 Smoke Blower

    Excellent.  Thanks for the confirmation.  I plan on taking as much as I can.
  5. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    For me it would be a jackpot.......I use a lot of oak for beef.

  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well seasoned, that will be excellent wood.

    Good luck and good smoking.