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plethoraofpinatas 04-25-2010 02:11 PM

Usability of free/found wood?
 
I found this post on Craigslist, from a guy who has oak and apple wood logs free for the taking. My question is, is cut wood that may have been sitting outside in the elements safe to smoke with? I wouldn't use any rotting wood, but if the logs look clean, is there any reason to be concerned?

hardy02ttu 04-25-2010 02:16 PM

I wouldnt have a problem with it, as long as its what it says it is.

Chef Jim 04-25-2010 04:12 PM

I'd jump on that stuff! You should be able to tell if it's good just by lookin at and feeling if its soft.

peppasawce 04-25-2010 05:17 PM

go get that Wood Dude, if some of it soft maybe the whole pile isn't, and will be good wood...I once was given a 15 Foot piece of Sassafras that was soft on one and solid on the other side...All I did was cut off the soft part and used the rest...Be creative

plethoraofpinatas 04-26-2010 10:34 AM

Thanks for the advice, I'll be in touch with him this week!

Mark 04-26-2010 11:32 AM

If it sits too long out in the elements, it can get termites. And piling that up against your house can be expensive. Also, it it's growing mushrooms, it's too far gone for fuel.

Nick@ParkAQ 04-26-2010 02:41 PM

Get it burn some in your chimney and you'll know if its good. I get lots of oak and fruit wood like that and what's nice is that its already seasoned....


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