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Old 10-30-2015, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Good wood vs bad wood

Neighbor gave me a small load of seasoned hickory. My question is, should I knock off the outside of the hardwood ring before using or you think it'll be okay. Don't want dirty smoke right off the bat.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:54 AM   #2
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Oh heck no! Just split it and use it...whatever bark is still on there is fine and won't make "dirty smoke" That only comes from poor combustion.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:58 AM   #3
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Thanks. Wasn't sure if the porous outside ring would burn quicker and produce bad smoke.
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I don't like using wood that's partially rotted like that

I would knock that off if I were using it
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Thanks. Wasn't sure if the porous outside ring would burn quicker and produce bad smoke.
I didn't notice that outside ring but still what after splitting stays on isn't a big deal. It will burn hotter and faster but won't last as long.


What is very soft will usually just fall off during splitting but if it's super soft and it doesn't fall off I might knock some off. It definitely won't hurt you or your food.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:45 AM   #6
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Go ahead and use it. Won't hurt a thing.
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my rule is if it falls off or can be pulled off i take it off.
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If you were to burn it all down to coals it would not matter but I would not use that rotten wood for smoke.
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Well that clears it up :)
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I try and remove as much of the bark as possible from my smoking wood.
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Go ahead and use it. Won't hurt a thing.
You don't have a problem with whatever is in the rotten part of the wood flavoring your meat?
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a lot of times the rotted stuff is moist and burns poorly

I would not use it in my pit unless most of it got removed.
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if it is just soft enough to make a indentation in the wood with a finger nail then I would use it but if it was like rotten {real spongy} and you could pull pieces with your fingers then I would use as fire wood .
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You don't have a problem with whatever is in the rotten part of the wood flavoring your meat?
No you won't, it's all just oxidizing and doesn't impart any foul flavor. Now I wouldn't burn all rotted wood but if something is partially dry rotted it's fine...all good no worries.
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