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CaptainJimmy 08-26-2009 06:37 PM

Bradford pear wood as smoke wood
I have a chance to get my hands on a fair amount of bradford pear wood that fell over in my brother's neighbor's yard. It's a non fruit bearing, but flowering tree. They are common in new housing because they flower and grow to shape very quickly, but they seldom live longer than 25 years, and just fall over.

It *is* a hardwood, so I can't assume it will be horrible... anyone used this wood before? I can probably salvage about a 55 gallon drum of fist sized hunks out of it...

CaptainJimmy 08-26-2009 06:42 PM

forget it...did a search and found 6 or more threads on this... I'm going to go and get me some asap

Grillman 08-26-2009 06:44 PM

ANY fruit wood....including Pear tree wood is excellent for smoking
Pork, and Poultry.
It can be used to smoke Beef as's just that some people
don't like the fruit flavor in Beef.

Get all the Pear tree wood you can....and you will wish you had gotten more
once it is all gone.

txschutte 08-26-2009 06:50 PM

All the above is FALSE!! You must dispose of it properly, by a knowledgeable disposer. Cut up into fist sized chunks, and mail it to Cozad. I will make sure it no longer can hurt anyone.

Contracted Cookers 08-26-2009 07:14 PM

The Bradford pear I used had a really heavy smoke flavor. Did not care for it much.

tubadude 08-26-2009 08:38 PM

What grows fast, falls first. Give it a go!

crd26a 08-26-2009 09:18 PM

I hate bradford pears, specifically the one in my yard and all of the ones in the neighborhood

Hugh Jorgan 08-26-2009 09:23 PM

I can't speak to using Bradford pear as flavor smoke chunks, but I can say I won't ever use it as a main fuel for a cook again. Blech!! Aside from the overpowering smoke flavor, it burns too fast and hot.

Mark 08-27-2009 11:29 AM


I'm glad you used the search function to Bradford pear.

chambersuac 08-27-2009 12:54 PM

Did you get enough for all of us????

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