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Old 01-31-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default TONS of fallen tree branches all over town

Tulsa, Oklahoma has been hit by an ice storm and then heavy winds recently. This resulted in a large amount of tree limbs falling to the ground.

I see all this free wood for smoking but can't do anything about it because I have no clue how to identify the trees--they have no leaves on the trees.

Is there an easy way to determine if a wood is good for smoking food? If so, I'd probably be set for a few years on wood.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:06 PM   #2
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geek I'm with you on that! I'm making it a point this summer to pay attention as to which kind of trees are in my area even as going as far as making a little map identifying them so when we have a storm i'll know which is which.

I'd just stop and ask your neighbors or whomever if they know what trees they had there.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:14 PM   #3
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Seriously??!!! You live in NE Oklahoma and don't know what a pecan tree in winter looks like?? Oh my
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Seriously??!!! You live in NE Oklahoma and don't know what a pecan tree in winter looks like?? Oh my
I grew up in the south, always been around pecan trees, they are not easy to identify by bark at all. Trees aren't easy to identify without leaves.

I think it's easiest to identify Oak trees just because of their shape. If you are after pecan, if you know someone who has a pecan tree or find what you know is a pecan branch then use that as your sample.
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My take is if it is hardwood in OK it is probably safe to smoke with.
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This one guy has a large pile of big branches in his yard.. aged like 1 1/2 months now.. he wasn't sure what kind of tree it is but said he thought it might be maple.. then I asked him what the seeds looked like and he said something about a star.. but I think he was referring to the leaves?
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Seriously??!!! You live in NE Oklahoma and don't know what a pecan tree in winter looks like?? Oh my
I've lived in Oklahoma for only a few years--I'm from California. And I just moved into this neighborhood 4 months ago. It's winter now so I can't identify without leaves. I have a few pictures of pecan leaves to go by but no leaves to compare to :)
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I've lived in Oklahoma for only a few years--I'm from California. And I just moved into this neighborhood 4 months ago. It's winter now so I can't identify without leaves. I have a few pictures of pecan leaves to go by but no leaves to compare to :)
Im sure you are missing CA by now, bad storm here yesterday... less than an inch of rain (mist)
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I've lived in Oklahoma for only a few years--I'm from California. And I just moved into this neighborhood 4 months ago. It's winter now so I can't identify without leaves. I have a few pictures of pecan leaves to go by but no leaves to compare to :)
Geek there's no need for you to justify yourself to someone being a smart ***

It's next to impossible to tell the species of a tree without leaves for the vast majority of us.
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Geek there's no need for you to justify yourself to someone being a smart ***
You know I've never really paid much attention to trees, but I am very interested in them since I learned how to BBQ lol. Now when I look at a tree, it's not cause of the beauty.. I am looking to see if it needs any free pruning :) lol.
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You know I've never really paid much attention to trees, but I am very interested in them since I learned how to BBQ lol. Now when I look at a tree, it's not cause of the beauty.. I am looking to see if it needs any free pruning :) lol.
Lol...you're not alone on that one!
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Im sure you are missing CA by now, bad storm here yesterday... less than an inch of rain (mist)
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Go to tashadoestulsa.com use site search engine "pecan"

Parks are listed with multiple pecan trees. Here is a photo of what a pecan tree in winter looks like. Leaves are gone but the pod that held the pecan, not all but some will still be there. One will make it a pecan tree.

Also public golf courses if they will let you in. Around the clubhouse. Roadside parks. Hotels, university and college campuses.

Have fun. Also if you hit a gold mine , pecan hulls work well in a smoker also
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Thanks, I'll look for that next fall.

I found a guy selling 1/4 of a rick of green pecan for $20. I am thinking about buying that.. 1/4 rick is a lot of wood no? Seems like a good deal. I have to read about seasoning and how to store it properly.
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That is a grand deal on a 1/4 rick of pecan. Sounds like an apartment stack. Keep searching for those pecan limbs. I use them in my mini cookers. Just snap them, remove the bark and store in a dry place. Once you spot those pods that held the pecans your good to go. You might even ask your wood salesman if he has any "kindling".
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