I am getting ready to cut down a couple of trees and was wondering if they would be of any use in my smoker. There is only two types of trees; one is silver maple and the other is an ash tree. I've searched on this site and on the internet, but have not located anything on either one. Anybody have any thoughts?
Well I have cooked with ash a bunch and its good bbq wood just not real flavorful. Would definitely use it as a base for something mo aromatic. Silver Leaf Maple is a type of big weed sorta like a Cottonwood. Tract home builders love em cause they grow so fast they call it instant shade. It aint even really a tree. I would head to the dump with it. Or have a bon fire or something. That should work.
Ash burned down to coals is great. I get it from the mill down the street for two bucks a fifty five gallon drum, No bark. Makes good lump too.
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Aint never heard of using Huisache to cook with. It purty soft aint it? You ever hear of Wee-a-con (sic)? Its a small S. Texas shrub which is harder than a rock. Sinks when you throw it in the water etc. Old farmer I used to know at Corpus was a genius tinkering type fella who could make or fix anything. In fact the first offset bbq pit I ever seen in my life was one he built back in the real early 70's. He take an M1 carbine and make you a moochine gun quicker than a minnow can swim a dipper. Anyway he made knife and pistol grips using the Weeacon. Beautiful wood. Little bitty shrub might be 200 years old. He would sink it in his stock tank for at least a year or two then let it dry out good before he would work with it. He claimed that kept it from cracking so bad.