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What species of Maple wood?


Fire Starter
Joined Jul 21, 2010
I've never smoked with maple wood but would like to try it.  Being in Louisiana I have access to a lot of red maple.  I'm guessing that most people using maple wood are using sugar maple or maybe silver maple.  Is there going to be a difference in the smoke and is one species preferrable to another?  I know there are many species of hickory in the south and when I cut hickory I pay no attention to species they all seem to smoke the same to me.  What about maples.  Just wondering before I mess up a piece of meat with red maple that I shouldn't have used.

Thanks,  Mike


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Jun 28, 2010
I mix silver maple alot with other woods. Love the sweetness it brings to the meat.

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