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Old 09-25-2012, 03:42 PM
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Default Re: What Wood Do You Use?

We recommend dry seasoned wood. Around our Monterey Peninsula location, we use oak.

We don't recommend anything sappy or you will get too much smoke.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:15 PM
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Oak. Cured oak (2yrs drying +/-) is probably the best. Oak is what we used in my culinary school's WFO every day to produce bread for the student's and staff's 2 meals a day. As a recovering scientist I would hesitate to use any kind of coniferous (cone bearing and or needled) tree for a WFO. The reason being that coniferous plants produce turpenes (think turpentine) that when heated can break down into something called n-Heptane a highly flammable (good for WFO) and cancer causing (bad for humans) hydrocarbon. Bottom line ingesting it will cause kidney failure...inhaling the gas caused by burning it will cause lung disorders. It may take years of ingesting and inhalation but it will make you sick eventually. no redwood, fir, cedar, pine, juniper, etc. all very bad to burn in a WFO. It won't kill you once or twice, but don't cook with them.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:19 PM
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Wow Willis thats kind of scary but true...Bottom line better to burn the right wood than get burned with the wrong one!
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:28 PM
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Default Re: What Wood Do You Use?

I use 2-3 year seasoned Oak, Ash, Maple, cherry and pear.

These racks are now double-wide:
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:50 PM
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I use 2-3 year seasoned Oak, Ash, Maple, cherry and pear.

These racks are now double-wide:
That is a LOT of wood - I'll trade you some for a sage bush
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:21 PM
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[QUOTE=Capt;139185]I use 2-3 year seasoned Oak, Ash, Maple, cherry and pear.

We could all wish for such a stack of wood.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:25 PM
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For southern Ohio, Oak is quite readily available.....I also have some cherry, Ash, Walnut (though it burns hot and fast) among other hardwoods.......NO PINE however!
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:58 PM
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New to the WFO arena, but I've been using almond. I use it ito heat the house in our fireplace also, burns really hot and clean with very little ash.

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Old 09-26-2012, 11:18 AM
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Default Re: What Wood Do You Use?

I use 100% maple. Actually I am in the midst of cutting and splitting about 30 cords of it at my cabin where I also use maple to boil maple syrup, heat a cedar wood fired hot tub, heat a suana and heat the cabin when i go there in the winter.

I had a logging truck drop off a load of logs 5 meters or16' long. I used to use cedar as kindling to get the fire going. Now I use a propane tiger torch faster and easier.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:09 PM
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Default Re: What Wood Do You Use?

My favorite is Cherry. It is expensive, but it smells soooooo good when you burn it. I also have some Hickory and Locust. Any good hardwood will burn just fine. Once you get the oven fire going, the combustion of the wood is nearly 100% so there is little smoke that is produced. So dont expect much smokey flavor in your foods.
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