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K79 03-25-2013 07:28 AM

Favorite Wood
Just wondering what everyone's favorite wood is when cooking? I know it depends on what your making, but I'm just curious.

Les 03-25-2013 09:44 AM

Re: Favorite Wood
Free ;) #1 is oak, #2 is walnut.

ATK406 03-25-2013 10:03 AM

Re: Favorite Wood
I agree with Lee. Free is best (as long as it isn't pine).

I have burned oak, ash, apple and cherry (I don't have access to Walnut though I am on the hunt for some Hickory).

I like ash because it splits really easily and is readily available due to the emerald ash borer infestation that has decimated the ash tree population here in Michigan. I do find that it "pops" a little more than the oak so if I have some oak already split I will use that to feed the fire when I'm cooking.

Apple and cherry are also really good but I've found that they are a little harder to split. I like to use the fruit wood for smoking so I don't use it much for heating the oven anyway.

This would be a good topic for a poll (pardon the pun).


cobblerdave 03-25-2013 12:53 PM

Re: Favorite Wood
Sticks and windfall branches . Free and freely available correct thickness for a WFO just dock to length. No need to chop large blocks to size.
Downside is that is untidy to stow

Regards dave

stonecutter 03-25-2013 03:46 PM

Re: Favorite Wood
Dry hardwood. But specifically, maple and oak.

nissanneill 03-25-2013 05:56 PM

Re: Favorite Wood
I find on of the hottest and easy burning is from the Euclypt family, what we call gum.
I even burn it green but you need a really hot fire to burn but a great heat maker.

Gulf 03-25-2013 06:40 PM

Re: Favorite Wood
It will depend mostly on the area in which you live. That being availability. Maple is not readily available in my area. I think that would be a great wood for smoking, and heating if it is more abundant.

In my neck of the woods, we have several species of oak for heating. Hickory, pecan and the occasional fruitwood or wild grape vine for smoking. :) No pine :eek:.

RTflorida 03-26-2013 09:26 PM

Re: Favorite Wood
Oak and hickory for general firing, apple is fantastic but hard to get here so I save it for smoking, citrus burns hotter than anything but the wood I acquired put off a putrid thin black smoke all the way to the point of ash. Could have been the specific tree, I don't know and won't ever find out again. Poplar does the same thing, but thicker smoke - and that was kiln dried cabinet shop cutoffs.


Bacterium 03-26-2013 11:49 PM

Re: Favorite Wood
Trying a few other eucalypts as I get them
Sheoak too but that seems a rarer native

mrchipster 03-27-2013 04:01 AM

Re: Favorite Wood
I use oak for primary heat, elm and hackberry, for startup, and apple for smoking.

The elm is hard to split and the hackberry is cutoffs and is kiln dried.


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