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Muscrat 03-21-2013 08:22 PM

Pecan Wood Question
 
I have a comp coming up next weekend and was wondering if pecan wood that has been ambushed by termites would still be good to cook with. The bugs are gone but there are holes in the wood. I was just wanting to use less mesquite wood during the cook and substitute something in.

Thanks

Razcal 03-21-2013 08:24 PM

I wouldn't use it if it had Termites
It will smell BAD Very BAd

HankB 03-21-2013 08:29 PM

With all the time, money and effort that goes into a comp, why risk it?

Try it on something you can throw out with no consequences other than the cost of the meat if you're curious.

NB: I've never competed.

grantw 03-21-2013 08:33 PM

Pecan Wood Question
 
Ya i second that, termites do leave reside or waste behind. Toss it

Muscrat 03-21-2013 08:45 PM

Ah Ha! I never thought about the dookie.

Thanks everyone!

Vision 03-21-2013 09:16 PM

I have some pecan from a weber bag. A chunk last week had termite holes in it. It was fine. It's just wood.

IamMadMan 03-22-2013 05:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HankB (Post 2417345)
With all the time, money and effort that goes into a comp, why risk it?

Try it on something you can throw out with no consequences other than the cost of the meat if you're curious.

NB: I've never competed.


^ +1 I agree........

Andrew 03-22-2013 07:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vision (Post 2417427)
I have some pecan from a weber bag. A chunk last week had termite holes in it. It was fine. It's just wood.

i have used piece that you could tell had some at one time, but i used it and it seemed fine.

Gnaws on Pigs 03-22-2013 08:34 AM

Are you sure it's termites? Most pecan, just like any other species of hickory that's seasoned with the bark on, will usually get riddled with flat-head borers and powderpost beetles and be shot full of small holes. That won't hurt a thing for using it to cook with if the wood is still dry and sound-I use bug-hole wood all the time and there is absolutely no difference. If it was actually termites, that would usually indicate that the wood has stayed wet and started to get soft and rot. In that case, I wouldn't use it.

GrillsGoneWild 03-22-2013 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gnaws on Pigs (Post 2417771)
Are you sure it's termites? Most pecan, just like any other species of hickory that's seasoned with the bark on, will usually get riddled with flat-head borers and powderpost beetles and be shot full of small holes. That won't hurt a thing for using it to cook with if the wood is still dry and sound-I use bug-hole wood all the time and there is absolutely no difference. If it was actually termites, that would usually indicate that the wood has stayed wet and started to get soft and rot. In that case, I wouldn't use it.

^^^^This. It also could be carpenter ants. I use bug hole wood all the time.

Muscrat 03-22-2013 12:35 PM

well truth be known I dont know exactly what kind of bug it was. I just know there is holes in it. I'll use mesquite wood this time.

Thanks for all the info.

Ole Man Dan 03-22-2013 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Muscrat (Post 2417336)
I have a comp coming up next weekend and was wondering if pecan wood that has been ambushed by termites would still be good to cook with. The bugs are gone but there are holes in the wood. I was just wanting to use less mesquite wood during the cook and substitute something in.

Thanks

Pass on the Termites.
I think wood from splintered pallets would be healthier.

Take the Termite wood and burn it in the fire pit, not your smoker.

Gnaws on Pigs 03-22-2013 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Muscrat (Post 2418060)
well truth be known I dont know exactly what kind of bug it was. I just know there is holes in it. I'll use mesquite wood this time.

Thanks for all the info.

Just borer holes, probably then. They're gone already. I would use it and not worry about it.


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