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Apple Wood - Dry or Green?

gmacgmac Posts: 1,657
edited December 2013 in EggHead Forum
My neighbour cut down an apple tree yesterday and showed up today with a truck full of apple, all cut and split. There must be a good cord of it. Is it best to let it season for a while or just start using it as is? It's obviously quite damp now but I'm sure it's gonna dry well over the winter. I'm gonna cut it into chunks as needed, maybe an inch or two thick and toss it on the egg.
Mt Elgin Ontario - just a Large.


  • Not now, it needs to dry first and I'm not sure how long that takes.  Maybe as long as a year.  
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    I have used pecan fresh from the tree in my yard and so has my neighbor.
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,559
    The place where I get my chunks from says that Fruit wood should be uses fresh cuts for maximum flavor and that hard woods and woods from nuts should not be used fresh.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 3,993
    I'd use it now.



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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,690
    For smoking, I would use it now and in the future.  I have pulled apple from my wood pile when needed.  When wood dries, most of what it loses is water which adds nothing flavor wise.  Green wood will burn a bit longer.

    For fireplace I would not mess with it until it is dry
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 3,993
    @cookinbob said it best. I absolutely agree.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • gmacgmac Posts: 1,657
    Thanks all. Figured that there was no reason not to use it now since it should smoke more green but thought madybe it would be too much and acrid. Will be using it in small chunks anyway. Will try a pork shoulder in a week or so and see.
    Mt Elgin Ontario - just a Large.
  • Green works, I use the trimmings cut with a pruner, slice a 2" branch up into 1" slices and they dry in a day or two. 
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
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