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Old 12-11-2013, 04:52 AM   #26
Bob O Q Shawtee
Knows what a fatty is.
Join Date: 10-09-13
Location: North Texas

I agree with the methods given so far to get one on their way. To that I would add,larger pieces split several ways yields almost pure heart wood where as small unsplit pieces or pieces split 2 or 3 ways has a high % sapwood and bark that makes unpleasant smoke.
Burning logs in a fire pit and transferring coals with a shovel works well for me.
Not something to try while learning but I believe experienced smokers will be pleasantly suprised. Useing well seasond oak,pecan or hickory and green hickory,burn a bed of coals and add them as needed to maintaine tempature throughout the cook. Add splits of green hickory during the cook one or a few at a time depending on size of pit. Green hickory imparts a mild but destint flavor. Not so with green oak,pecan or mesquite.
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