Originally Posted by Gnaws on Pigs
Yep, red oak has that smell fresh, but not burning. I've had some really good food cooked on red oak coals. For that matter, cherry is one of the nastiest, bitter smelling woods out there when it's fresh. It has a really strong unpleasant odor. And has hydrocyanic acid in it. The leaves will kill cows if they're wilted, it's that toxic. But people love it for smoking.
I think that there's a difference between cooking with red oak coals and cooking with red oak sticks.
As far as the cherry smell, I've always thought it had a very pleasant smell...especially when burning.
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