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Unread 04-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #11
Mixin
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Maple is my favourite. We have 4 maples on our property that I regularly "prune" for use in the smoker.

Because the prunings are only 1" diameter or so, I use them with charcoal. I've found they need a few months to dry out nicely (kept under cover). If I leave them too long, and they get really dry (like 2+ years) they don't seem to have as much flavour in them.

I also strip the bark, as it seems to have a slightly bitter smoke when the bark is still on.
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