wood question

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Smoke Blower
Original poster
Jun 21, 2006
Central NY
When selecting wood for smoking, is there a differance between heart and sap wood? Also, should the bark be removed? I have quite a bit of hickory and cherry, I want to use for smoking. I split the fire wood into managable pieces then, bandsawed into 3"-4" lengths, then split into usable sizes. Just wondering if I need to weed out the sapwood?
Thanks for the replies. I didn't think it mattered too much but, just thought I'd ask the pros. I'm looking forward to trying the cherry. How dry should the wood be before using, 6-8% ? I also have some spalted apple scraps, from a woodworking project. The spalt isn't to the point of being punky. It should be ok to use, shouldn't it?
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