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Old 07-19-2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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I just got some cherry wood logs last week. It was cut this spring some time. The ends look like the wood is splitting, so I figured it was getting dry enough. It smells great when I split it, but when taking off the bark, it is stuck pretty good, and still a little moist. The actual wood looks pretty dry. Is this wood ok to smoke with? I can take pics if it would help.
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What does it sound like when you hit two pieces together? If it sounds like a baseball bat hitting a ball you should be OK. If it is a dull thud sound you need to wait a little.
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What does it sound like when you hit two pieces together? If it sounds like a baseball bat hitting a ball you should be OK. If it is a dull thud sound you need to wait a little.
Two logs, or two pieces that are split?
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Two logs, or two pieces that are split?
Either one will do.
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Thank you... What is the down fall of using it a little early?
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Yep, it has a thud sound.
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cherry and other fruit woods are good to go.. after a couple weeks.. i would use it.. and don't worry about removing the bark.. it makes no difference..
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Depends on if you are using it in a pit, if it is not dry all the way you will have problems, I have a half of barn loaded with cherry from this winter with good air circulation, the pieces are cracking, but inside is still wet. I go by weight, wet cherry is very heavy while dried cherry is really light. If you put it in a pit, you can tell if there is still moisture in it as you will see the ends weeping moisture and steam.
(just guessing but I think mine will be ready in a few more weeks, hopefully by Aug 1st.)
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i have personally used cherry a couple weeks old in my stickburner.. turned out some great ribs.. using straight pre-heated splits.. as fuel no charcoal..
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I am using in a drum. I will say, I cut up a log last week and today some of the fresh cut ends appear to be seeping some sap. But the wood is also cracked on the ends
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i would go for it..
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Cherry is one of my staple woods and I have used it bone dry and fresh-cut. I always preheat my wood and when I am using fresh-cut I almost create charcoal out of the wood!
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