What size to cut large branches to

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Smoke Blower
Original poster
Apr 16, 2006
Northern IL
I am getting ready for my double barrel smoker in the making by doing some tree trimming today. We have a huge oak that is right next to deck and right over my smoker. Today I cut down two dead braches. The first one is about 6" think at the start and is about 15' long and end at about 2". the 2nd one I cut down is about 10" thick all the way down and about 6' long. I ran out of gas for the chain saw so I did not have them cut up yet. What I am wondering if I have a wood burning smoker what size should I cut these down to? I am not sure if I should cut them in about 6-8" sections and into 1/4's or if that is to small or to large.

The nice part is that with the cut off I have 2 5 gal buckets filled with 1/4" to about 1" think peices about 6" long that will fit into my chimney to get the fire started. I just have to clean of the bark a litte more. I think when dry I should have about a good 50-75lbs of oak for smoking all together.

Thanks for any help on this.


Smoking Fanatic
Dec 31, 2005
Irving, TX
Cut 'em to what ever size you want as long as they will fit in your firebox... I also don't woory about removing the bark... As long as the wood is well seasoned, the bark ain't gonna be a problem...


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