In the woods on my Dad's property is a big Hickory tree that got snapped at the trunk during Hurricane Katrina. The main body of the tree has been held off the ground so it is not rotten, but I have never heard of anyone using wood this old.
OK so wood experts: Assuming that I can even cut this wood (I'm guessing it must be incredibly hard by now) would it be worth using?
11-16-2012 11:36 AM
I'm sure she'll burn just fine. For stuff that old, I just use it to preheat my pit and save the good stuff for when the meat's on.
11-16-2012 03:39 PM
If it's been off the ground I'd use it. It'll pretty dry so will burn quickly.
11-16-2012 03:40 PM
Good wood is good wood; wife tested and verified. Use it.
Swamp Donkeyz BBQ
11-16-2012 03:45 PM
I use oak that has been cut and stacked for 5 years and it burns fine. I use it for my comp wood. It is in the hill country so it's not a very moist climate. As long as it hasn't been on the ground and doesn't have any spongy spots in it you should be good to go.
11-16-2012 04:46 PM
You'll know when you cut into it. I cut and burn hickory all the time, if it is soft an light in weight it's not much good. Bonfire wood.
11-17-2012 09:32 AM
Thanks folks. Now if it just hasn't petrified beyond cutting!
Gnaws on Pigs
11-17-2012 10:12 AM
As long as it's not punky, it'll be good. Hickory usually gets borers pretty quickly, but that won't hurt it at all for smoking wood. I dug up some pieces of apple a while back that were about 15 years cut but kept dry, and they worked great.