i got a bradford pear tree that seems to be dieing. guess i gotta cut it down. just wonder if anyone had tried it for smoking??
05-13-2009 10:52 AM
I have some stored up, haven't used it myself but since it's a fruitwood it should be good.
Interested to see what others have to say.
05-13-2009 11:04 AM
i use it here & it's good.
05-13-2009 11:08 AM
it good for smoking.. I used a load last year.
REAL HARD!! A bitch to split.
05-13-2009 11:10 AM
If you do a search for Bradford Pear you will find at least a six threads which end up saying yes it is good to smoke with.
I haven't tried it myself yet, but will when I get a chance.
05-13-2009 11:45 AM
I only use fruitwood for smoking (except of course for smoked salmon, for which I use alder). I started with plum, and then added apple, then cherry. All are wonderful. I have a good friend who recently took down a pear tree and has been smoking with pear chunks. He swears by 'em. I'm taking him out a paper shopping bag full of chunks of wild cherry to trade for equivalent volume of pear today.
Some fruitwood can be downright difficult to split. I made a wedge attachment that fits over the business end of my 20 ton press. With an air-over-hydraulic 20 ton jack in the press, it really helps to do those gnarly burly stumps! Still a lot of work, but now at least doable.
05-13-2009 02:11 PM
Yep, it's good but it burns hot, so keep that in mind.
05-13-2009 03:56 PM
Bradford Pear trees do not produce fruit, just white blooms (dont know if that makes a difference or not in the smoke sweetness).
They are deciduous trees but its a stretch to say that they are "hard wood," seems like they break and split easily in high winds. I bet their lack of density means they burn very quick.
05-13-2009 04:46 PM
one good thing is that most of the limbs are small enough that they will not have to be split!!:biggrin: