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Old 12-22-2006, 09:28 AM   #1
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My friend owns a cabinet shop and has offered me his maple wood scraps. Does anyone know if the maple scraps are ok for cooking?


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Old 12-22-2006, 09:29 AM   #2
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Those should work good. As long as the wood has not been treated or stained or varnished or anything like that.
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Maple Wood is great!!
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A lot of wood shop scraps are kiln dried. I think this is to dry and has a tendency of having a very bland smoke flavor. My preference is logs, air dried for about a year then blocked and split for cooking. Fresh split wood has a wonderful smell.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the great advice !!!


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Old 12-22-2006, 01:24 PM   #6
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The kiln dried maple will burn HOT and long.. great wood for a fire base, but you will receive liitle to absolutely NO flavor from it. Above statement was correct, if you want a maple flavor, you'll have to go to cordwood maple. I find the best smoke flavor results from maple when you use pieces of maple wood no bigger then 4 inches in diameter.

Personally I believe the kiln drying process REMOVES everything needed for smoking purposes. Also...kinda rule of thumb... it's a good wood to smoke/cook with if the tree produces some kind of nut.

I have some 2 year old oak wood that I soak for 24 hours in a 5 gallon pail of apple juice before I use it...MMMMMMMMMMMM

Experiment....
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I'm lucky enough to have plenty of sugar maples on my land... It breaks my heart every time a limb comes down... ( kidding )

Maple is an awesome smoking wood ... period!

Subtle flavor and nice sweet smoke.
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I use Maple wood when I smoke turkeys. I like the hint of sweet.
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I use Maple wood when I smoke turkeys. I like the hint of sweet.
You must be that monkey that's been swinging on my trees...breaking my limbs!!!!

Thank you !
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Hey Bryan,

Haven't seen you around in a while.

Maple is good
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