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Wood Questions

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by ballagh, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    How long do you typically dry your wood for after cutting?

    Do any of you strip all the bark off the wood, or smoke it with?

    How long would you let a downed tree lay and still cut on it?

    Do you tarp when its stacked or place in a shed?

  2. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    several months to a year (IMO)

    leave the bark

    dries faster after being cut and split, so cut and stack it

    will dry faster outside, even with the occasional rain.
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    ^^^^What he said^^^^.

    I do cover with a tarp if rain is forecast, especially a heavy soaking rain.
  4. dforbes

    dforbes Meat Mopper

    I agree with the other posts except, since I cut some pretty large trees I cut them in 8 foot sections and then work up what I need to keep a constant supply of seasoned wood. This helps the wood last much longer without rotting.
  5. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't use much wood for smoking any more (since I got my A-MAZE-N-SMOKER), but I use it for my wood stove. The biggest thing is to keep it from rotting. I only cover the top of the pile. This way it doesn't get the brunt of the rain & snow, and it gets the air & wind blowing through to dry it quickly if it gets wet. If you keep it covered it'll sweat & stay wet all of the time, and it could rot faster. It needs air flow.

    Last edited: Aug 27, 2010
  6. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you for the tips :)
  7. zeller

    zeller Newbie

    hey so how do you keep bugs from getting into the wood?  i have it under my carport for now, but i dont want to bugs to get into it. thought about  building a cedar log rack w/ a roof. any suggestions??