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scottz 02-09-2010 03:18 AM

Best aussie wood???
Hi guys
Just thought I would kick off this new section with a question for us aussies.
Fire wood has been discussed often in the main forum, but it would be intresting to see what wood we use on this side of the globe. Over here in WA, we have a couple of good hard woods like jarrah, and silver gum, and softer woods with good flavour like Bankshia. While the hard woods leave alot of coals and a bit of a black residue...bankshia burns away to a soft white powder, but doesnt produce the heat like hard woods do with out using a lot more wood. What do you guys in the east use and what gives the best results/taste when cooking in your WFO???


heliman 02-09-2010 03:41 AM

Re: Best aussie wood???
This topic is already a well discussed sticky in the main forum and includes detailed info on a number of Australian hardwoods:

It was my understanding that the regional forums were simply an additional section which would be used for meets, gatherings and activities related to a local WFO community.

Perhaps James can clarify the purpose of this new section and the guidelines for its use.

scottz 02-09-2010 03:57 AM

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Thanks Rossco...and sorry, I didnt realise there was a thread on aussie wood. Also didnt realise this forum wasn't for Australians talking about Australian related issues and sorry once again.


david s 02-09-2010 12:38 PM

Re: Best aussie wood???
The best wood is free wood. Any old rubbish wood will burn, but save a few chunks of really good dense hardwood for the last third of your firing.

portofin9 03-03-2010 12:07 AM

Re: Best aussie wood???
Hi tree loves,
I use a variety, but am also a believer in using dried timbers from winter pruning, these can add great final burn off smoky flavours. I talking about olive tree, lavender, rosemary, thyme branches that are often disguarded.
However more specific to heat I often source out companies that reuse very old timbers from building like churches and old schools, such as hard wood flooring off cuts, oregan beams etc the timber is usually free and burns a lot hotter than many timbers a year or so old. If not red gum is another as is eucalyptus.
Good luck

scottz 03-03-2010 04:44 PM

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That sounds good porto...i am just about to prune down my lime I might save the branches and leaves for the WFO!!! A mate of mine from work was talking about his oven the other day and said he uses any wood he can get a hold of. He doesnt pay for he uses old pallets, old floor boards, ect ect. Dont know if this would really be good to burn because of the possible chemicals in the wood. I dont think it would be...1 good for the oven and 2 good for the food in the oven. I would imagine that it would leave a residue on the oven walls and floor and make your food taste like crud! Does anyone else burn timber like this...and is it a good idea to use them or just stick to normal fire wood???

brickie in oz 03-08-2010 10:12 PM

Re: Best aussie wood???

Originally Posted by scottz (Post 83142)
so he uses old pallets, old floor boards,

Most pallets and floor boards have been treated with something to stop them from deteriorating.

So not really good to cook with..:eek:

heliman 03-08-2010 11:31 PM

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At least you will be guaranteed of have pizzas that are free of termites and borer beatles...

JMT 04-29-2010 10:48 PM

Re: Best aussie wood???
Hi guys,

I find that the best oven wood is falled grey box from the forest floor. If you can get it just as the white ants are starting to munch it is fantastic. I use redgum sleeper offcuts also but I find them not hot enough and very smoky. They leave the least mess of all the hardwoods though. I wont't use pallets but if I see an old hardwood fence being pulled down better not get in my way because old semi rotten wood is best by far

bris-pizza-oven 05-17-2010 06:20 PM

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i use hardwood from my work ....kiln dried f27 off cuts works a treat and gets the heat in pretty easy

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