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Unread 11-14-2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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Question How about this Magnolia Wood? [pr0n inside]

I got these magnolia wood branches from a neighbor:





I already searched for forum, there was a reference that magnolia wood doesn't smell that good when burning but not really anything else.

So is magnolia wood suitable as a smoking wood, and which kind if meat would it fit to?
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I believe it is not a hard wood. Probably not a good idea to smoke with.
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Any way of checking if it is hardwood or not?
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Try sawing it with a manual saw. If it's hard it will be very difficult to saw through.
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The magnolia trees that I have trimmed here in Florida, USA, have a somewhat bitter smell and taste (when some of the sawdust falls into my mouth). I would guess that it would have a combination of a bitter and floral smoke flavor. I would try to find out which species of magnolia you might have, then do some research as to potential toxicity. If everything looks good, then do a test burn of a small dry piece. If the smoke smells good, then smoke a single piece of chicken breast to evaluate the flavor.

Personally, for all of the unknowns, I would just burn that wood up in a campfire and find a known good smokewood.
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In all the lists I've seen for smoking woods I don't ever remember seeing Magnolia listed as acceptable. Campfire wood IMO.
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Our native (southeastern US) sweet gum magnolias & wild gum magnolias are soft and have a very bitter aroma when burned. If you take a piece and let it dry, if large cracks appear within a month or two it is a soft wood. But, try to burn a small piece and see what it smells like. Your nose will tell you very quickly if you want to taste it or not in your cooking.
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I'll pass because I am not in the mood to perform experiments with smoking wood, and since we can't use it otherwise (no campfires allowed here), I guess I just have to dump it.
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