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aziz 08-19-2006 02:37 AM

what is the good kind of wood
what is the good kind of wood i shoud use in my oven.


CanuckJim 08-19-2006 05:19 AM

Wood Types

Depends on what you're doing. For pizza, you want fruit wood because of the taste it imparts to the finished dough. Here, I'm able to get apple and cherry from local orchards. The drawback is that it takes a long time to season it if it's cut green. I also use the sawdust for smoking meats and fish. In my bread oven, I tend to burn just about anything because the fire is raked out at the end. Still, my preference is maple limb wood. It has lots of BTUs per pound and really gets my oven roaring hot.


Fio 08-23-2006 10:25 AM

Any hardwood except walnut
While Fruitwood is the BEST wood for cooking pizza, if you can't find it, oak and maple are good substitutes. I burn oak in my pizza oven, and it works well.

I've also burned maple and cherry (woodworking cutoffs).

I've been told to stay away from walnut, as it imparts some nasty flavors and/or chemicals.

Just make sure your wood is as DRY as possible.


- Fio

CanuckJim 08-24-2006 04:38 AM


Black walnut is a super woodworking wood, straight grained and very distinctive when a finish is applied. However, it will stain your hands purple, and some people, including me, get an instant headache from the dust. I do burn it in my fireplace occasionally, and it has a pleasant perfume-like aroma. Normally, though, it's hard to get and has too many drawbacks.


james 08-24-2006 11:14 AM

We have a shotgun stock company in Santa Rosa that uses Walnut (I think it's Black) and they have a scrap mountain. You can load a pick up truck for a small fee. I tried it once, and had good success. I think the other fruit and nut woods are better, but as it's there and cheap, it's a good local choice. I wouldn't pay more, or specifically go looking for it.

CanuckJim 08-25-2006 08:01 AM


If they're making stocks, they're probably using the curly grained pieces near the base of the tree or, sometimes, the large roots. This wood is very dense and hard and would be loaded with BTUs. Walnut is oily; that's what stains your hands. It's nice to know that it works for pizza. I've been stockpiling fruit wood for a while, in anticipation of branching ;) out into pizza next year, so I'll add it to the pile if I can get it.


mrpbjnance 08-29-2006 02:02 PM

My neighbor has LOTS of ASH and some citrus to get rid of.
Is ASH any good?

vincent 08-29-2006 02:49 PM

ash is very similar to oak in hardness and fact a lot of people mistake ash for oak..but it is lighter in far as cooking i've never tried it but it burns very similar to oak in my kalamazoo stove..not sure if that helps but i believe it would work fine in your oven...and if your neighbor has it...try it..worst case scenario is a ruined pizza

dalucca2003 08-29-2006 03:53 PM

Has anyone heard if almond wood is good for cooking?

maver 08-29-2006 10:14 PM

Unsure about almond wood, but I'll put in a word for alder. It was a little slow to reach ideal cooking temperatures, although it did get me there (750 hearth). It was not well seasoned, so it may be faster when it has dried a bit more. Almost no sparks and a fine flavor. For me, this is a readily available and cheap wood.

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