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Unread 10-24-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Dead Granny Smith Apple Tree..can I use it in my stick burner

Not sure if this is the right place to post, but a friend has a dead Granny Smith apple tree and has offered to cut it into logs and give me the wood. I've seen the tree ...guessing it's been dead about a year, and some bark has moss in it.

I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. I have been buying wood from a local firewood supply (hickory, cherry and apple). Any thoughts on whether to use the wood and if so, any issues or concerns? What about any bark with moss?

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Unread 10-24-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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If you're worried about the moss covered bark just cut it off.
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I just didn't know if I should use any of the wood...any past chainsaws used, and similar wood used in a stick burner? Does it have to age before burning .
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Yes the wood needs to be dry and aged, How long, depends on the size of the lumps and your environment.
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I burn tons of apple. Love it. If it's been dead over 3 months it's ready. Remove any nasty bark and you are good. It's a flavoring wood like hickory. It would be a waste to burn it as a heating wood like oak or mulberry IMO.
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I'd cut off the moss as advised and cook away.
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I primarily smoke with Oak, Hickory, and Pecan, but...
I burn Apple, Pear, Peach when it's available.
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That's great wood. I wood look for oil marks from chainsaw and cut off if possible. Knock the mossy bark off and you should have some awesome wood. Mild, fruity wood.
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I wouldn't worry about oil from a chainsaw. There is so little that makes it to the wood. The moss will be the first stuff to burn off and won't effect the smoke.
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Don't listen to those farkers above! Load it up and drive it over to St. Joseph, MI, only about a 2 1/2 drive, so that I can dispose of it properly. Think of all the flack you will take from your neighbors if you try to burn it, remember how they crucified Mr. T just for cutting the trees!!!!!
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+1. As long as it is seasoned, you are good to go.
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Thanks to all the Brethren for responding...looks like I have some wood to burn!!
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