Originally Posted by realspaazz
I've cooked over a red oak fire, but never used it in my smoker. When first split it has a rather strong, almost urine like smell. I bought some up near Tallulah falls and carried it back to our tent-site at Stone Mountain inside the van. The family was not very pleased with the smell, but the food tasted great.
I wonder if the different climate, namely dry here and more humid there, matters. I don't get a urine smell from local red oak. The aroma is pretty pungent on fresh cut wood, and still stronger than most woods when dry, but it is never an unpleasant smell.
My kitchen cabinets are red oak, as well as a lot of trim in my house. I loved the woody smell of my house when it was new.