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Different smoking woods

billyraybillyray Posts: 1,172
edited January 2012 in EggHead Forum

I'm getting ready to start pruning my orchard trees. I'll keep all the apple and cherry for smoking, but was wondering if anyone has any experience with peach, nectarine, persimmon or plum. Let me know what you think about these other woods, before I throw them out.

Thanks, Bill

Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    try them before  throwing them out...
    most fruitwoods and hardwoods seem to work well. 

    if you know that the fruit trees have been heavily sprayed with insecticide, you may not want to use them(or eat the fruit i guess), otherwise, why not give them a shot? no need to let them season.  use them green
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Typically any fruitwood is super for smoking.  Here's a link to just one of many sources on woods for smoking: Woods For Smoking
    The Naked Whiz
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Persimmon is the bomb


    Caledon, ON


  • PEACH!! I was debating making a post to see if anyone knows where to buy it in Atlanta without have to drive to south GA and cut it myself.

    Peach is awesome for smoking, if you ever watch pit masters, the cocky one that wins a lot of the tournaments uses peach....
  • rbm4017rbm4017 Posts: 18
    Does anyone know if you can use Bradford Pear for smoking?
  • Billy Ray - I'll pay for the shipping if your want to get rid of 10 lbs of peach.  Let me know.
    Large & MiniMax in Lexington, KY
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,871
    I've read that the sap from fresh fruit wood can impart a special flavor. I had a bunch of fresh peach last year, and I didn't notice any special flavor, but then everything I was cooking had a fair bit of rub on it.

    The good flavors come from the lignin in the wood breaking down. The "harder" the hard wood is, the more lignin there is. Really "soft" hardwoods have too much cellulose, and the smoke always has lots of unpleasant flavors. Fruit woods tend to be in the middle, and give a lighter flavor than oak or hickory.
  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,172

    Kentucky Wildcat Fan;

    I had to check with my youngest son to make sure I wasn't committing a SEC sin :-), by shipping to a UK fan. He graduated from Ole Miss the same year as Eli. I'll be pruning in the next few days, after the rain. I think I can get 8 lbs. or so in a medium flat rate box (USPS @ $10.45). The pieces should be 1" to 1 1/2" diameters. I'll message you with the weight when I get it done and we can make arrangements if you're still interested.


    Thanks, Bill

    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
  • tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248
    @rbm4017   I have been told not to use bradford pear wood.  Can't remember why though.
    Mid TN. Hangin' in the 'Boro. MIM Judge
  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,172

    Little Steven ;

    "Persimmon is the bomb" as in good or as in bombed out?


    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    Not sure if this is a thread hijack, that should be in a different topic - but kinda related.

    Thinking that "fresh" or green wood would be better for smoking than a dried out chunk that has been on the shelf or in a warehouse for a year or more.   Is that valid?  Does it matter?

    All I have access to that I know about is the bag of chunks at the store.   Would I want green wood with a higher sap content?   If so - any ideas for where that could be bought in the north texas area?


    Cookin in Texas
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,948

    Glad this was posted.  I needed to order some more chunks from

    I went with cherry this time.  

    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: and  and
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • I read somewhere not to use Bradford Pear wood.
  • mwraulstmwraulst Posts: 131
    billy ray, I'll do the same for some peach if you've got it. No worries, i graduated from ole miss in '06. Eli's year was the last decent football season we've seen.
  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,172

    mwraulst ;

    That's for sure. I'll see how much I get and let you know. Hotty Toddy.

    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
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