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silverfinger 09-01-2011 12:18 PM

Can you cook with Avocado wood ?
There are lots of avocado trees where I live so I get the wood on occasion for my fire pit. Any one ever use it for smoking or grilling ? I always see cherry, pecan and apple wood chips and chunks for sale but thats it for fruit trees.

silverfinger 09-01-2011 01:15 PM

I found this list of woods that you can use. (GREAT INFO) Avocado wood is not on the list. So im thinking the answer is no.

deguerre 09-01-2011 01:18 PM

No, the answer is yes. Avocado is a fruit. I'd love to have some available in my area.

Smoothsmoke 09-01-2011 01:20 PM

Yes you can. I scored this trunk load for free of avocado wood back in May. I'm going to let it season for another 2 months. Can't wait to try it out.

silverfinger 09-01-2011 01:30 PM

I have quite a bit myself. Anyone tried it yet ?

deguerre 09-01-2011 01:44 PM

The Grail's response to Smoothsmoke's thread:

DirtyDirty00 09-01-2011 02:35 PM

Never thought of avocado wood!!! Genus!!!

silverfinger 09-01-2011 03:11 PM


Originally Posted by deguerre (Post 1772736)
The Grail's response to Smoothsmoke's thread:

It looks like Im going to have to try it now. THANKS!!!

cliffcarter 09-01-2011 04:04 PM


Originally Posted by silverfinger (Post 1772684)
I found this list of woods that you can use. (GREAT INFO) Avocado wood is not on the list. So im thinking the answer is no.

The list at the link you provide was first put online here(at least it is the earliest that I can find)-

Most of the BBQ forums and many websites use a copy of the original list, sometimes attributed to someone named Pat Lehnherr-

Glad to see that someone has backed it up on another site.

That said, yes, many people use avocado with great success, one poster on another site:shocked: reported that avocado reminded him of a mild hickory.

Rocket Surgeon 09-01-2011 04:07 PM

Avocado wood is very oily and gives an acrid smoke. My family has an avocado grove and we used to burn the trim wood for heat when I was growing up. Be cautious trying to smoke with it, while I have never tried it myself and can't say authoritatively that it is unsuitable I'm not inclined to think it is.

Edit: I should add that there are a variety of species(Haas, Jollna, Fuerte, Bacon, etc) and one might work better than others.

big brother smoke 09-01-2011 04:09 PM

It produces a very mild smoke taste; not my preference. However, you did say it was free.

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