[Sca-cooks] speaking of smokers...wood?

Barbara Dodge awench1 at cox.net
Tue Aug 8 16:28:24 PDT 2006

Should the chips be dried first rather than using the "green" wood?  I don't 
think the branch was quite dead yet.  We've had a few wind storms in the 
area, and I think that that is what brought the branch down.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Susan Fox" <selene at earthlink.net>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] speaking of smokers...wood?

> Barbara Dodge wrote:
>> I recently had a branch fall from the pecan tree in my backyard.  Does
>> anyone know of any special processes I should take into consideration 
>> before
>> turning it into chips for smoking purposes?
>> Felicia
> Make sure it is not poisonous or otherwise un-tasty.  Fruit and nut
> woods are the usual preference.  I got a ton of plum and mulberry
> branches in my parents' yard I need to use!  Oh but you said it was
> pecan, so that's just fine.
> Hack it up into small bits, the size of average human fingers or
> smaller.  Sawdust itself will do admirably, just don't mound it on so
> heavily that your coals are smothered.
> Soak in water and go to it!  I have also heard of soaking the
> smoking-wood in beer and such.
> That is all I know.
> Selene

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