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poweredbypizzas 01-13-2012 10:30 AM

Cherry Wood?
Has anyone used cherry wood in their WFO? I had been planning on apple, but sourcing it has become difficult. I can buy small amounts, but I just wanted to see if it was worth it.



Les 01-13-2012 12:26 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
All fruit wood is good to use. I've used a little from pruning but it's a pretty rare tree in Nevada

Neil2 01-13-2012 03:24 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
As noted elsewhere, these ovens are not fussy. Any well seasoned dry firewood will work just fine.

Laurentius 01-13-2012 09:54 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
Cherry and fruit wood are great for smoking, I use them sparringly as a fuel, if I can get something else.

cannyfradock 01-14-2012 09:08 AM

Re: Cherry Wood?
There are a few old verses to assist on which wood to burn. Here's one.....

The Firewood Poem
Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.

And here's another.......

The Firewood Rhyme - Anon
Logs to Burn, Logs to burn, Logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn,
Here's a word to make you wise,
When you hear the woodman's cries.

Never heed his usual tale,
That he has good logs for sale,
But read these lines and really learn,
The proper kind of logs to burn.

Oak logs will warm you well,
If they're old and dry.
Larch logs of pine will smell,
But the sparks will fly.

Beech logs for Christmas time,
Yew logs heat well.
"Scotch" logs it is a crime,
For anyone to sell.
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all.
Hawthorn logs are good to last,
If you cut them in the fall.

Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smouldering flax,
No flame to be seen.

Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room,
Cherry logs across the dogs,
Smell like flowers in bloom

But ash logs, all smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old;
Buy up all that come your way,
They're worth their weight in gold.

....The only reference to Cherry..."Cherry logs across the dogs,
Smell like flowers in bloom".....doesn't really say a lot....sorry


BurntFingers 01-29-2012 03:17 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?

Originally Posted by Laurentius (Post 125724)
Cherry and fruit wood are great for smoking, I use them sparringly as a fuel, if I can get something else.

I lost quite a few wild cherry trees last October in the early snow storm. In the past I usesd the trimmings and logs for firewood and for smoking fish and for the WFO and fireplaces in the house. The smell of the smoke is sweet and it gives a good heat.

Gulf 01-29-2012 04:39 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
Another good wood source for smoking and scenting are wild grape vines. One type that grows naturally in the southeast of the US is bullis. They grow up on fence rows and at the edge of woods lines. The hard wood portion of the vine can get to about 2" thick. Many tame varieties exist and have to be pruned back yearly (not nearly to that thickness though). They go by names of muscadine, scupadine, and scuppernong. I am not sure but, I would guess that wine vineyard cuttings might also (in other areas of the US) be a source for an aromatic wood.

stonylake 03-08-2012 01:12 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
i have a cord of cherry and a cord of oak. i usually start with the oak and use the cherry once the oven is clear. i like the smell of the cherry when i;m cooking... more than the oak, which gives me a headache... or is that from the cabernet?

Laurentius 03-08-2012 04:11 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
I just finished smoking my Pastrami for 8 hour in my oven using cherry wood, totally wonderful.

poweredbypizzas 03-19-2012 01:03 PM

Re: Cherry Wood?
Just got my new oven, and fired it for the first time last night (it was pre-cured). The cherry wood was wonderful. The pizza was amazing!

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